PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CL(]E>S.
Published by A. G. SPALDING & BROS.
13«-130 Nass.u Street, New York. 147-1 W Wabash Avenue, Chicago,
1218 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
National League and American Association
Professional Base Ball Clubs.
SECTION I. (I) This Association shall be called THE Na-
ii'ivu. League and American Association of Profes-
sion w. Base Ball Clubs.
Sec. 2. The objects of this League are :
(1) To perpetuate base ball as the National game of the
United States, and to surround it with such safeguards as
to warrant absolute public confidence in its integrity and
(2) To protect and promote the mutual interests of profes-
sional base hall clubs and professional base ball players, and
(3) To establish and regulate the base ball championship of
the I fnited States.
Sec. 3. This League shall consist of twelve clubs (the mem-
bership of which shall not be increased or diminished for aperiod
of ten ycurs) located in the following named cities, to wit :
Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Wash-
ing , Pittsburg, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Louisville, Cleveland
and Chicago, or such other clubs as may, from time to lime, lie
1 to membership as may be hereinafter provided for, but
in no event shall there be more than one club in any city.
WITHDRAWAL FROM MEMBERSHIP.
SEC. 4. Any club member of this League finding itself un-
able to meet the obligations it has assumed shall have the
right to ask the League for permission to dispose of its rights
and franchises as a member of this League to some other city
or organization. In the event of this League giving its con-
sent to the acceptance of such city or organization to member-
ship, such club member shall be admitted to membership,
providing said club shall assume, together with the rights and
franchises of said retiring club, all (he liabilities, responsibili-
ties and obligations entered into by said retiring club, as a
member of this League. Provided, however, and it must be
so understood by the retiring and the new member, that the
retiring club shall not be relieved «r released from any con-
tracts, responsibilities or obligations entered into by it to this
League until all of said contracts, responsibilities and obliga-
tions have been fully paid and determined by the club accept-
ing its membership, rights, franchises, etc.
ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP.
SBC. 5. No club shall be admitted unless it shall first have
delivered to the Secretary of the League a written application
for membership, signed by its President and Secretary, accom-
panied by documents showing that such club bears the name of
the city in which it is located, and that it is regularly organ-
ized and officered, and, where the State law permits it, chart-
ered. Such application shall at once be transmitted by the
Secretary to the Hoard of Directors, who shall immediately
investigate and report upon said application, said report to be
communicated to the League through the Secretary.
SEC. 6. The voting upon an application for membership
shall be by ballot, a three-fourths vote being requisite for
IN REGARD TO VACANCIES.
Sec. 7. In case a vacancy occurs in the membership of this
organization during the championship season the President
shall nominate to all the clubs all applicants fur membership,
and the vote thereon may be taken by telegraph or mail, as
occasion may require, and a majority of all tin- clubs will be
required to admit any applicant to membership., Such mem-
bership, however, shall continue only until tin- next annual
meeting, but such club shall be subject to all the rules and
requirements of this organization.
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
Sec. 8. The membership <,f any clnb may be terminated —
(1) By resignation duly accepted by a three-fourths vote of
all the clubs in meeting duly convened, as provided in Section 4.
(2) Failure to present its nine at the time and place agreed
upon to play any championship game, uuless caused by un-
avoidable accident in traveling.
(3) Allowing open betting or pool selling upon ils grounds or
in any building owned or occupied by it.
(4) Maying any game of ball with a club that is disqual
or ineligible under this ConstitUl
(5) Offering, agreeing, conspiring or attempting to lose any
game of ball, or failing to immediately expel any player who
shall be proven guilty of offering, agreeing, conspiring or
attempting to lose any game of ball, or of being interested in
any pool or wager thereon.
(6) Disbandmenl of its organization or team during the
(7) Failing or refusing to fulfil ils contractual obligations.
(8) Failing or refusing to comply with any lawful require-
ment of the Hoard of Directors.
(9) Wilfully violating any provision of this Constitution or
the legislation or playing rules made in pursuance thereof, or
any violation of the provisions of the National Agreement.
THE EXPULSION OF CLUBS.
Sec. q. To carry into effect the provisions of Section 8 of
this Constitution, the facts in any case covered by such section
must be reported to the Secretary of the League, who shall at
once notify, by mail or telegraph, the party charged with the
specified default or offense, inquiring whether any dispute
exists as to the facts alleged. In case the facts art disputed,
the Hoard shall, after due notice, try the case under such regu-
lations as they may prescribe, and their finding shall be dual
and conclusive on all parlies except in case of expulsion, when
such finding shall be forwarded to each club, which shall trans-
mit to the Secretary written ballots "For Expulsion" or
" Against Expulsion "; and if all clubs vote " For Expulsion "
the Secretary shall notify all clubs of the forfeiture of member-
ship of the party charged.
hi B5 AMi ASSESSMENTS,
SEC. 10. (1) Each club shall pay to the Secretary on or before
the first da\ oi April of each year the sum of fioo as annual
dues; and such other sums as from time to time may be as-
sessed for the payment of salaries of officers and umpires, and
for such other expenses as may be incui >J this
League or the Board of Directors. Also all fines and penalties
imposed by said League or its Board of Directors upon a club
or upon any club officer, player, manager, other em-
ploye when so levied and imposed by virtue of and in accord-
ance with the provisions of this Constitution and the playing
rules of this League.
THE IMPOSING OF FINES.
(2) Upon conviction of any of the offenses prescribed in Sec
tion S, as causes for expulsion, the Board of Directors may, in
the first instance, as a preliminary to, or in lieu of expulsion,
impose such a line as is in their judgment commensurate with
the injury; which fine may include a penally payable to any
other club or clubs, as an equivalent for damages sustained for
such violation of this Constitution, or of the legislation or con-
tracts made in pursuance thereof.
Sec. ii. At its annual meeting the League shall elect a
President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board of Directors. The
President shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Direct-
ors, lie shall report to the Board of Directors any violations
of the provisions of this Constitution that may come to his
knowledge. He shall be the sole interpreter of the playing
rules during the championship season. lie shall preside at all
the meetings of the League, and at the annual meeting of the
League shall act as a schedule committee.
Should the office of President become vacant by death, resig-
nation, or removal, the Board of Directors shall within thirty
days elect a President.
SEC. 12. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Presi-
dent and six other members, to be chosen at the annual meeting
by ballot, three of whom shall represent the Eastern clubs and
three the Western clubs.
QUALIFICATIONS OF OFFICERS.
SEC. 13. No person shall be qualified to act as Director who
is not an actual member of the club he represents, nor shall
any club, under any circumstances, be represented by more
than one person on the Board.
I)UI IKS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
SEC. 14. The Hoard shall have the general supervision and
management of all affairs and business of the League, and
shall be individually answerable to the League for the faithful
discharge of their trust.
SEC. 15. The Hoard shall meet annually on the morni ng of
1 1 1 s'lay after the second Tuesday in November,
at ') o'clock, at the place where the annual meeting of the
League is to be held, but may bold special meetings whenever
urgent necessity may require.
SEC. 16. The Board shall prepare a detailed report of all
their doings, and present the same in writing to the League at
its annua) meeting, which report shall, if accepted, be filed
with the Secretary, together with all official papers, docu-
ments and property, which may have come into their posses-
sion l>y virtue (if their office.
VACANCY in THE BO iRD.
SEC. T7. In case of vacancy in the Board 1 >y reason of Ihe
death, resignation, absence, or disqualification of any Di-
rei tor, the cluh of which he was a member at the time he was
chosen shall designate his successor, and at once notify the
Secretary. Bnt if such vacancy is caused by the withdrawal,
disbanding, or disqualification of a club represented on the
Board, the Hoard may fill the vacancy by election in the same
manner as provided for the election of Directors in Section 12.
THE SECRETARY'S I" flES.
SEC. iS. The Secretary shall be the Treasurer of tin- League,
and as such shall be the custodian of all funds of the League;
receive all dues, fees and assessments, make such payments
as shall be ordered by the lioard or by the vote of the League,
and render annually a report of his accounts, and shall give
such bond, with approved sureties, as the Board may require.
SBC. iq. The Secretary shall have the custody and care of
the official records and papers of the League ; shall keep a
true record of all meetings of the League and the Board ; shall
issue all official notices, and attend to the necessary corre-
spondence ; he shall prepare and furnish such reports as may
be called for by the Board, and shall be entitled to such books,
stationery, blanks and materials as the actual duties of his
office may require.
SEC. 20. The Secretary shall keep a record of all infrac-
tions of the rules and regulations of the League that may come
under his notice, and shall make a report on the same to the
Board at its next meeting.
SEC. 21. The Secretary shall receive such salary as the
Board, by vote, shall determine, and shall be reimbursed for
all traveling expenses actually incurred by him in the service of
the League ; and the Board may exact from him such guaran-
tees for the faithful performance of his duties as they would
deem for the interest and safety of the League. At the expira-
tion of his term of office he shall account for and deliver up to
the Board all the property and papers which may have come
into his hands by virtue of his office.
LAWS GOVERNING K MI'LOYES.
INDIVIDUAL CLUB CONTROL.
Sec. 22. Each club belonging to this League shall have the
right to regulate its own affairs, to establish its own rules, and
to discipline, punish, suspend or expel its own manager, play-
ers or oilier employes, and these powers shall not be limited to
of dishonest play or open insubordination, but shall in-
elude all questions of carelessness, indifference or other conduct
of the player that maybe regarded by the club as prejudicial to
its interests ; not in conflict with any provision of this Constitu-
tion; or the playing rules of this League. The President of the
League shall have power, upon proper proof, to inflict a fine for
any such offenses not exceeding $200, which fine can only be
remitted by the board of Directors,
H TERRITORIAL RZGR1 S.
SEC 23. Every club of this League shall have exclusive con-
trol of the city in which it is located and of tile-territory sur-
rounding such city, to the extent of live miles in every direc-
tion from its corporate limits, and no visiting League club
shall, under any circumstances, except with the consent of the
local League club, until all League championship games on
that ground shall have been finished, lie allowed to play any
club in such territory other than the League club therein
located, nor shall a visiting League club play any game in
April with any non-League club within said live miles from the
1 ale limits of the city in which the League club is located,
without the consent of the local League club.
. 24. Contracts between a club and its players may be
either by telegram or writing, to be followed within thirty days
thereafter by a contract in the form approved and promulgated
by the Secretary to all the clubs.
ON RESERVATION OF N.A
. 25. Each club a member of this League shall be entitled
right of reservation. < )n or before the 30th day of Sep-
11 r in each year each club shall transmit to the Secretary a
re list of the players whose ervici it, desires to retain,
then under contract to the said club for the current or for any
succeeding season or seasons, and in addition thereto the names
of such players reserved in any prior annual list who have re-
fuse. I to contract with said club. Such players, together with
all others thereafter to be regularly contracted with, shall he
ineligible to contract with any other club in this League except
as hereinafter provided. No club .shall have the right to re-
cuy player when in arrears of salarv to him. The Secre-
tary shall promulgate such lists.
SfeC. 2f>. All contracts between clubs of this League and
individual players shall be mack- through the Secretary, or his
duly authorized agent. Ti W such form of
contract as it may deem best for th< protection ol the rights of
the panics thereto. All contracts must be approved by the
Secretary, and duly promulgated by him. Provided, clubs be-
longing to this League may contract with players fur any pel iod
of time that may be mutually agreed upon. The i en days re-
lease provided for in the seventeenth paragraph of the League
form of contract shall begin to run from the time of notice
if received by the Secretary of the League, who shall, at
once, promulgate the same to all club members. At the expir-
ation of said ten days the player so released shall lie eligible to
contract with the releasing club, or any other club member.
EXPULSION OF PLAYERS.
SEC. 27. Any player, while under contract with or reserva-
tion by a League club, who shall, without the consent of such
club, cuter the service of any other club in any capacity, shall
be liable to expulsion by said League club. Whenever a club
releases a manager or player without notice, or gives him ten
days' notice of release in accordance with the terms of his con-
tract, and whenever it suspends or expels a manager or player,
that club shall at once notify the Secretary of this League,
stating, in case ot release, the date when the same takes effect,
and in case of sn or expulsion, the cause thereof.
NEGOTIATING FOR SERVICES,
Sec. 28. No player, without the consent of the club with
which he is under contract or reservation, shall enter into
tiations with any other club for future services, but if such
consent be obtained, a player may negotiate fur his release, and
offer a money consideration therefor, which may be accepted
by the said releasing club.
EFFECT OF 1 1.1 1; DISBANDMENT.
Sec. 29. The disbandment of a League club or its with-
drawal from or loss of League membership shallop
release of its players from contract and n with said
club, but the right 1 1 with and reserve said players
shall be subject to transl< cb other club as the League
may designate after acceptance of their said services.
ON SUSPENSION of PLA1 :
. 30. No manager or player who has been suspended or
expelled from a League club shall at any time thereafter be
allowed to play with or serve in any capacity any League club
(either the one expelling him or any oilier) unless the term of
suspension by the club has expired, or, upon his appeal to this
League, such expulsion or suspension shall have been set aside.
PLAYING Wl I H 01 TSIDE I
Sec. 31. No game of base ball shall be played between a
League club and any other club that has been expelled from
membership in this League. No game of ball shall be played
between a League club and any other club employing or pre-
senting in its nine a player expelled or under suspension from
the League or otherwise rendered ineligible by this League or
a club member thereof. A violation of this section shall for-
feit the game in favor of the non-offending club, and subject it
to such fine as the Hoard of Directors may impose.
"CROOKEDNESS" AND IIS PENALTIES.
SEC. 32. Any person who -.hall be proven guilty of offering,
agreeing, conspiring or attempting to cause any game of ball to
result otherwise than on its merits under the playing rules, or
who, while acting as umpire, shall violate any provision of the
Constitution, or of the playing rules adopted hereunder, may
be forever disqualified by the President of the League from acting
as umpire, manager, player or in any other capacity in any game
of ball participated in by a League club.
THE UMPIRE AND HIS DUTIES.
THE STAFF OF UMPIRES.
SEC. 33. A staff of League Umpires shall be selected by the
Secretary before the opening of the regular season.
(1) They shall be paid such salaries and allowed such ex-
penses as may be mutually agreed upon by contract between
them and the Secretary of the League, subject to the approval
of the board of Directors of the League.
(2) They shall be under the sole control and direction of the
Secretary, from whom they will receive all assignments to duty
and all instructions regarding the inti rpn 1 Ition of the playing
rules, and the Secretary shall prescribe B proper uniform for
them, all parts of which shall be worn while officiating as
(3) In the event of the failure of an Umpire to umpire a game
assigned to them, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to pro-
1 substitute to umpire such game, and in such case there
shall be deducted from the next annual payment to the League
Umpire the sum of twelve dollars for each game assigned to
him, which for any reason he shall have failed to umpire.
(4) It shall be the duty of an Umpire to enforce the ruli
they are written, regardless of his personal opinion as to their
merit. This shall especially apply to Rule 52, and Section 3 of
Rule 54, and Section t, Rule 59, and in the event of his failure
to enforce these rules he shall he lined $25 for the first offense
and 850 for the second offense, upon the sworn statement of the
Captain of one of the opposing teams and two reputable wit-
nesses, which affidavits must he forwarded to the League Sec-
retary within twenty-four hours of the offense.
(5) It shall he the duty of each League club to accept as
umpire for any championship game such League Umpire or
substitute as the Secretary shall assign to such game, and onlj
in the event of the failure of tin League Umpire or substitute
so assigned to appear at the hour appointed for the beginning
of such game, shall the duty devolve upon the home club to
designate an Umpire for such game.
(6) Any League Umpire shall be subject to removal by the
Secretary at any time, and in the event of the resignation, re-
moval or expulsion of any League Umpire the Secretary shall
have power to appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy thus
SE FOR EXPULSION.
SEC. 34. Any League Umpire win. shall in the judgment of
President of the League be guilty of ungentlemanly con-
duct, or of selling or offering to sell a game of which he is
Umpire, shall thereupon be removed front his official capacity
and placed under the same disabilities inflicted upon expelled
players by the Constitution of this League.
SETTLEMENT OF CLUB DISPUTES.
tilt. GOVERNING TRIBUNAL.
Sec. 35. The Board of Directors shall be the sole tribunal to
determine disputes between clubs; tin la! is to be submitted,
and the dispute adjudicated under such regulations as the
Board shall prescribe in each case. The finding of the Board
shall be final, anil under no circumstances shall be reconsid-
ered, reopened or inquired into, either by the League or any
SEC ;?". The Board shall at once consider any complaint
preferred by a club against a manager or player of an
club (prior to the expiration of the championship season) for
conduct in violation of any provision of this Constitution, 01
prejudicial to the good repute of the game of baseball, and
shall have power to require the club to which such player or
manager may belong to discipline him, and upon repetition of
such offense to expel him. Provided that such complaint be
preferred in writing, giving such particulars as may enable
I- Board to ascertain all the facts, and he transmitted to the
Secretary, by whom it shall at once be referred to the Board.
DICATING COMPLAINTS BY PLAYERS.
Sec. 37- I" casc a player under contract with a League club
shall during a current season pri fer a complaint in writing to
the Secretary of the League against such a club, alleging that
such club is in arrears to him for salary for more than fifteen
days after such salary became due on account of such contract,
the Secretary shall at once transmit to the said club a copy of
such complaint, and require an answer thereto. On receipt of
such answer, or if one week shall have elapsed without the re-
ceipt of an answer, the Secretary shall refer the paper in the
case to the Board of Directors through its Chairman, and
should the Board find the player's complaint sustained, they
shall require the club, under penalty of forfeiture of its mem-
bership, to pay to the player forthwith the full amount ascer-
tained to be due him. Provided that should the player refuse
to serve the club pending action by the Board on his complaint,
he will thereby forfeit the benefits of the award, and in such
the Board shall revoke his award.
THE COURT OF APPEAL.
SEC. 38. The Board shall also be the sole tribunal of the
hearing of an appeal made by any person who shall have been
expelled, suspended, or disciplined by his club. The matter
shall be proceeded with in the following manner: Such pi
within thirty days after the date of the expulsion, sus-
pension, nr discipline file with the Secretary a written state-
ment of his defense, accompanied by a request that an appeal
be allowed him. The Secretary shall notify the club of the i<
foi in appeal, accompanying such notice with a copy of
the appeal, and at the next an ing the club, by its
duly am ! I representative, and the appellant in person, by
attorney or by written statement, shall aappear before the
with ih.ir testimony. Tin- Board shall impartially bear
the matter and render their decisi which shall be final and
ding on both club and player.
SEC. 30. No Director shall sit in the trial of a cause in which
his club is interested.
Sec. 40. Any expense of trials or arbitrations shall be borne
equally by the parties to the controversy.
ADOPTING PLAYING RULES.
Sec. 41. This League shall adopt such playing rules as it
deems best for the conduct of its business.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RULES.
THE COMPETING CLUBS.
Sec. 42. The championship of the United States, established
by this League, shall be contended fur yearly by the clubs com-
posing the League.
DURATION OF THE SEASON.
Sec. 43. The championship season shall extend from such
date in April or May to such date in September as the League
may determine at it's stated or special meeting.
Sec. 44. Every game played between two clubs from the
commencement of the championship season to the completion
of the championship series between such clubs shall be a game
for the championship, and no League club shall lend or ex-
change players to or with each other for any game played dur-
ing the championship season. Any violation of this section
shall subject each offender to a fine of fioo.
NUMBER OF GAMES.
Sec. 45. Each club shall play twelve or more championship
games with every other club, but a tie or draw game or a game
prevented by rain shall be played off on the same grounds on a
succeeding open date within the dates of the same schedule
series between such clubs, ur any succeeding series. An open
date succeeding any series of games between two clubs shall be
considered as belonging to and within the dates of the preced-
ing series, providing such day is not absolutely required by
either club to meet its next schedule appointment. In case
there is no open date 011 same ground, such game may be
played off on the grounds of tin; other club on an open date.
SEC. 46. Each club shall have half of the championship
series of games with every other club played on its grounds,
except as otherwise provided in Section 45, and in all the de-
tails of such games that do not involve the rights of the visiting
club under the playing rules, but relate solely to such games
as attractive exhibitions to the patrons of the home club, the
visiting club shall defer to the wishes of the home club, pro-
vided, nevertheless, that the home club shall not be permitted
to change the usual hour for the commencement of scheduled
games in its particular city more than thirtj | jo) minutes with-
oul first having obtained the consent o iting club
thereto, under a penally to the visiting club of $500. And the
visiting club shall furnish to a person designated by the home
club the batting order of its nine by 10 o'clock on the morning
of the day of each game, or the evening previous, if requested.
In case of the failure of any visiting club to furnish the batting
order of ils nine as herein stipulated, il shall forfeit the sum of
§io, which amount shall be immediately transmitted t" the
S cretaryof the League, upon the receipt oi notice from him of
the infliction of such fine, which notice shall be given by the
retary upon receipt of complaint from the home club.
It shall be the duty of the home club to furnish the manager
and captain of the visiting club with a list of the batting order
before the commencement of the game under similar penalties
for default as herein prescribed. The visiting club shall have
the right to practise its nine on the grounds of the home club
between II and 12 o'clock A. M. on each day of its visit during
the championship season.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE.
Sec. 47. All championship games shall be arranged in a
written schedule preparer: icdule Committee, and re-
I to and adopted by the League by a three-fourths vote
before the beginning of the championship season. The sched-
ule shall provide for an equal number of return games, and
ify the elate of each game and the dale of each series of
games. No date in said schedule shall subsequently be changed,
except (1) by written agreement of two clubs from a date fixed
bytle for a game between such clubs to another day
prior to the first and subsequent to the last dab of the same
lule series between such clubs ; or (2) as provided in Sec.
45; or (3) ' j y ' ne written consents of three-fourths of all the
Any club or clubs violating this section shall bean bit to
a penalty of $1,000. This to apply to the clubs so playing.
Said penalty to be paid within forty-eight hours to the Treas-
urer of the National League and American Association, or if
11 U so paid to be withheld from any funds to their credit in the
hands of the Treasurer. All games played in violation of this
section shall not count in the championship series.
THE ADMISSION FEES AND RECEIPTS.
Sec. 48. The general admission fee to all championship
games shall be fifty cents ("50), but each club shall designate
a part of its grounds, and provide seats thereon, the admission
fee to which shall be twenty-live (25) cents, and all division of
1 1 Dtages shall be made on the basis of fifty (50) cents, ex-
< i<t 19 to that part of the grounds the admission fee to which
is fixed at twenty-five (25) cents, and as to such part of said
grounds all division of percentage shall be on the basis of
At Ihe conclusion of each championship game the home club
shall deliver to the manager of the visiting club (and shall
transmit by mail to the Presidenl or other designated official of
the visiting club a duplicate of the same) a statement of the
receipts of said game, which must include all fifty-cent and
twenty-five cent admissions, and shall pay to the visiting club
fifty per centum of said receipts.
SEC. 49. Out of the funds of this League now in the hands of
the Secretary he shall create a Sinking Fund not to exceed
$12,000, which shall be invested in Government bonds. All
other funds shall be placed in the treasury to meet current
Tiii'. turnsi lit; cotra r.
Sec. 50. The number of persons admitted to the grounds
shall be determined by the use .if the necessary number of self-
registering turnstiles, the arms of which shall extend within
four inches of a dividing partition, the keys of which shall be
delivered to tin- agent of the visiting club before the opening of
Ihe grounds for each game; and said agent of the visiting club
shall have full access to such turnstile, and the box of such
turnstile shall not be removed until after the close of the seventh
innings, anil in case a carriage gale is used a ticket for each
person admitted through such gate shall at once be delivered to
the agent of the visiting club. No person shall be admitted
free to the grounds during or prior to such game or the hour
appointed therefor, excepting only players of contesting clubs,
policemen in uniform, the umpires and tin- necessary employes
of the home club. The visiting club shall have the right to
accept the turnstile count for each and all games, or to count
all tickets. Each club shall be required to use for its business
a substantial pasteboard ticket, which can be readily counted.
DIAGRAM OF GROUNDS.
Sec. 51. No club shall be allowed to have more than fonr
entrances to its grounds except upon holidays, but for all such
days the visiting club shall be given at least ten days' notice of
the whole number and location of additional entrances ; pro-
vided, however, emergency gates may be opened by consent of
the visiting club if occasion requires.
STOPPING PLAY TO CATCH TRAINS.
Sec. 52. On any day when either club is required to leave a
city to, or in order to reach another city, where it is scheduled
to play its next game, the home club shall be compelled upon
proper notice by the visiting club to begin the game three
hours and a half before the time <>f the departure of the last
train by means of which either club can reach the next sched-
uled point in time. And either club may leave the field at any
time within one hour of said train time without forfeiting any
rights or priveleges, provided live innings have been played,
and the Umpire shall be the sole judge of the time.
GIVING OUT RAIN CHECKS.
Sec. 53. In the event of a game being stopped by rain before
completion of five innings, the home club may issue rain
checks, good for any succeeding game. If rain checks are so
issued the visiting club shall not be entitled to its percentage
of receipts ; but if rain checks are not issued, the visiting club
shall be entitled to its percentage of receipts, precisely as if the
game had been fully played,
ON roSFBITKD OAM1 .
Sec. 54. A club shall be entitled to forfeited games — to
count in its series as games won by a score of nine runs to none
— in case where the Umpire in any championship game shall
award the game to such club on account of the violation by the
contesting club of any section of this Constitution or of any
playing rule ; and in the event of such forfeiture being CI
by the withdrawal of the players during the progress of the
game, or by a failure to report with its team at the tin)' I
for the game, unless written notice lias been received from llie
Clttb that the game cannot be played, then such forfeiting
club shall incur a penalty of one thousand dollars, which shall
be payable to the Secretary of the League within ten clays
thereafter for the use and benefit of the non-offending club, but
said line maybe remitted or modified upon appeal to and a
hearing by the Hoard of Directors. In addition to the penalty
above referred to, the captain or manager, or the person in
charge of the offending team, and responsible for the team
leaving the held, shall incur a penalty of one hundred dollars,
which shall be paid within five day* to the Secretary of the
League, said penalty not to be remitted under any circum-
ON DRAWN GAMES.
Sec. 55. Drawn, tie and postponed games shall not count in
the series as games (but any game of not less than five innings
shall be included in the averages), but must be played off, if
possible, as provided in Section 45. If they cannot be played
off, as therein provided, they may subsequently be played off,
if sufficient time exists before the close of the season.
Double games for One admission shall not be permitted until
the last schedule series, when they shall be compulsory to
the extent of playing off all postponed, tie or drawn games.
WINNING THE PENNANT.
Sec. 56. The club which shall have won the greatest per-
centage of games in the championship series, shall be declared
the champion club of the United States for the season in which
such games were played. In the event that two or more clubs
shall have won the same percentage of games, then the Board
shall at once arrange a special series of three games between
any two of such clubs, such games to be played at th close of
the championship season, and the games so played shab be
included in the championship record, and counted in determin-
ing the award of the championship. In such case only the
provisions of this Constitution prohibiting the playing or re-
cording as championship games, games played after the expira-
tion of the championship season, shall have no effect. The
emblem of the championship shall be a pennant (of the National
colors) to cost not less than one hundred dollars (§100). It
shall be inscribed with the motto, "Champion Base Ball Club
of the United States," with the name of the club and the year
in which the title was won, and the champion club shall be
entitled to fly the pennant until the close of the ensuing year.
DECIDING 1 lit CHAMPIONSHIP.
SEC. 57. The championship shall be decided in the following
Within twenty-four hours after every match game played for
the championship, the home club shall prepare and forward to
the Secretary of the League a statement containing the full
score of the game, according to the system specified in the
playing rules, the date, the place where played, the names of
the clubs and Umpire, provided that no tie or drawn game
shall be considered a game for any purpose except the averages;
and provided, further, that in any case where the Secretary
shall not receive the score of a championship game within live
ilays after the playing of such game, the club whose duty it is
to forward such score shall pay to the League the sum of $2 a-;
the penalty of such default.
At the close of the season the Secretary shall prepare a tabu-
lar statement of the games won and lost by each club, accord-
ing to the statement so sent him, which statement shall be the
sole evidence in the matter, and submit the same, with the
statements so sent him, to the Hoard, who shall mal.
award in writing and report the same to the League at its an-
In making the award the Hoard shall consider :
(1) The tabular statement oi the Secretary.
(2) Forfeited games.
(3) Games participated in by clubs which have withdrawn,
disbanded, or forfeited their membership without completing
their championship series with all other League clubs ; such
games shall be counted to the following extent : The Hoard
shall ascertain the least number of championship games played
by such club with any club remaining in the League, and shall
from the first game participated in during the championship
series by such retired club, count in the series of each League
club a similar number of games, and all other games partici-
pated in by such retired club shall not be counted in the cham-
pionship series. Provided, that if such retired club shall have
failed to play at least one championship game with every
League club, all games participated in by it shall be thrown
Sue. 58. The annual meeting of the League shall be held on
the first Wednesday after the second Tuesday in November of
each year, at 12 o'clock noon, and at such places as shall have
been determined by a vote at the previous annual meeting.
Sec. 59. At such meeting each club shall be represented and
shall be entitled to two representatives, and to have in addition
thereto any of its officers or ex-( ent at such meeting ;
but no club shall be permitted to semi as a representative any
person under contract or engagement as a ball player or man-
ager, and belonging to the nine of said club in such capacity.
They shall present a certificate from the President or Secretary
of their club, showing their authority to act, but no club shall
have more than one vote.
THE LEAGUE SESSIONS.
Sec. 60. This League may, upon a majority vote of its mem-
bers, elect to go into executive session for the transaction of its
business, and during such sessions no club shall be entitled to
more than two (2) representatives.
6l. Special meetings may be called by the President
of this League on his own option or on the written call of six
Sec. 62. A representation of a majority of clubs shall consti-
tute a. quorum for the transaction of business, but a less num-
ber may adjourn from time to time until a quorum is obtained.
SEC. 63. The following shall In- the order of business, unless
suspended by a three-fourths vote of the club members:
1. Reading Minutes o( last meeting.
2. Report "i Board of Directors.
3- Report of Committees.
4. Election of new members.
5- Amendment of Constitution.
6. Amendment of Playing Rules.
7. Election of Officers.
8. Miscellaneous business.
Sec. 64. (1) The Constitution of this League may be altered
or amended by a three-fourths vote of the League at any animal
meeting, or by a unanimous vote at any other time. Provided,
ver, that this section and Sections ), B, 4^ and 49, shall
not I,,- altered or amended except by a unanimous vote of this
(2) Any section of this Constitution may be suspi n
provision mad. non-applicable by unanimous vote at a League
.\A I [ONAI. AGREEMENT.
Of Professional />W Ball Associations Adopted by the National
Board of Arbitration February 24, 1896.
Article 1. This instrument »hall be called " The National ifrreemi
Professional Bate Ball A
ARTICLE 2. The objects of this Agreement are :
1. To perpetuate base hall as the national game of America, and to sur-
round it with such safeguards as to warrant absolute public confidence in its
integrity and methods.
2. To promote and afford protection to such minor Professional 1!.,
Leagues and Associations as may desire to operate under its provisi
1 111. GOVERNING POWER.
Article 3. The governing power under this Agreement, which shall be
called "The National Board of Arbitration," shall be vested in five repre-
sentatives selected by the National League and American Association of
Professional Base Ball Clubs (hereinafter designated the Major Lcagu.
such representatives from minor organizations of Professional l! ; ,
Clubs (hereinafter designated Minor Leagues) us maybe admitted to mem-
bership by the National Board of Arbitration from time to time under the
rules governing membership.
THE ANNUAL MEETING,
Article- 4. The annual meeting 'f the National Board shall be hi
the of each year, at which time the representatives elected by
the major league shall elect a President, Secretary and Treasurer of ilie
DUTIES ami AUTHORITY OP THE RATIONAL BOARD.
The general enforcement of this Agreement, the pro,
of rights thereunder, the determination .,f all controversies ai ben
provided and generally the regulation of ill things within the scope
Agreement arc each and severally conferred upon anil 1 uiiieil to the
National Board of Arbitration.
2. The Board may
each and all of its members and officers, its mctb , , , j ,),,.
general transaction of its business.
3. It shall be the duty of the Board and il shall have lull an. I Una]
diction : To bear and determine all disputes and complaints between ■
ad clubs; between one club and another, members of different
is; between clubs and players or managers, and, in add
all disputes and complaints arising under and of all matters involving the
interpretation of the National Agreement or the disposition of the right*,
NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 21
thereunder. Clubs I ■ nion, by mutual content, or
upon the request of the association to which they belong, may n
troversy between such club, or in which such clubs are Interested to the
Hoard for decision or adjustment.
POWER TO IMPOSE FINES.
4, [n the performance of its duties the Board ahall'lukve power to I
fines or penalties upon associations, clubs, club officers, players, managers
scorers and umpires, and to suspend Onysuch organisation or person Iroirj
the protection and privileges of the National Agreement in any instance in
which, in its opinion, it or he shall have been guilty of conduct detrimental
to the genera] welfare uf the game or in violation of the letter or spirii
6, Its decision shall be'final over any and all mattei within i t >, jurisdii
B. fl 1
iv reinstate any person or body suspended.
7. It shall have power to make such reasonable assessments upon clubs or
associations as maybe necessary to defray the expenses incidental to the
performance of its duties and the enforcement of this Agreement.
RULES AND REGULATIONS.
8. It may make all orders, rules and regulations for the performance
duties and the exercise of its power, and to accomplish the purpose in rfew,
ttnead and supplement the same from time to time ; provided, notice
of all changes, amendments or supplements be given to all organisations
party to this agreement.
DECISIONS PROMULGA1 l.n.
'.I. It may cans- its proceedings or ruling-, or any part thereof, in an
which may be deemed of sufficient importance to serve as a pre
published in such a manm prescribed.
PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS.
10. Whenever any body or persons shall desire to submit any matter foi
the consideration of th. I'.. anl. it shall be presented to the chairman by a
concise statement thereof, I mpanied by such evidence aauurj
support of such statement, Notice shall be given to any othei
son interested in the mattei oswer and to present appropriate evi-
dence in support thereof.
MINOR LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP.
ARTICLE 6. An application for membership and protection under this
Agreement must be made in writing or by telegraph to the Secretary of the
If made by telegraph it niu-t state the nan. rue, the cities
comprising the circuit and have the signature of the President of the 1
which must be followed within ten days by a written application to the Sec-
retary of the Board stating the name comprising
the circuit, the representatives of the respective cities, the location of their
business offices and playing grounds, if practical, the monthly salary limit
for its club teams and maximum monthly salary limit of its players, a pledge
or agreement for the maintenance of said salary limit and the faithful per-
formance of its obligations under this Agreement, its own Constitution and
liy-Laws and its other contractual obligations, which club membership,
i of club offices and playing grounds, salary limit, Constitution,
Agreements, By-La .:»s, shall not, after approval by tfei I
•i d, altered or releaserl without the assent of the I
CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
Che Board, upon the receipt of an application for pri
membership under this Agreement, shall, after consideration and approval,
determine the class under which the applicant shall he admitted, I n
classification to be based upon the average population of the cities compos
i tig the League according to the last published U. S. Census preceding the
application, and membership fee shall be an amount fixed by the Board
for Leagues of that
MINOR LEAGUE REPRESENTATION.
Aktici.k 8. Each Minor League shall be.enliiled to one representative of
its own selection, who shall have the right to appear before the Hoard upon
any or all matters pertaining to its interest or Welfare, but the Board may,
at its discretion, invite additional representation in the adjustment
matter which may be brought before it.
FEE FOR PROTECTION AND MEMBERSHIP.
Article 9. The fee for membership and protection under this Agreement,
with the right of reservation subject to Articles lit and 11 shall be:
For each Club in Class A the - urn of |
For each Club in Class I! the lUUI '.I
' : the sum ol
each Club in I i mm of $30.
For each Club in I tun of $20.
For each Club in Class I thi sum of $10.
do within thirty days from thi i ng the
written appl nembership.
« OT PLAYERS BY THE MAJOR
Asticli 10. f.., the purpose of enabling players to advance in their pro-
fession, the M.„n, League may. at any time after l.
^"•••"" 1 '" 1 iry following, with
Board, negotiate with any player then and
minor league und,
Player, upo„ ,. , f ^ „
Art.de 18, provided ,hat , lion shall b,
of a player shall be made unless he shall receive aa increase of salarv
SELECTION OF PLAYERS BY MINOR LEAGUES.
Articlb 11. For the purpose of enabling players to advance in tlieir pro-
m and to assist in building up clubs of minor league 1 higher
class shall have the right, with the consent of the Board, after January] 1
year, and prior to the first of February following, to select players from a
in a lower class upon payment to ih'- Secretary of the Hoard tl
specified in Article 1'2. provided that tti ion shall be
no transfer of a player shall he made unless he shall receive an loci
1KKMS FOR SELECTION OF PLAYERS.
. 1. Clubs from a high da- players from
leagues of a lower class shall pay 1 lary of the Board for the
I and account of the cluh from whi.h the selei tion is made the follow-
ing sums, vi/.:
For Flayers in Class A, |500
For Players in Class B, $300.
Players in CI
; , Players in Claw D, $100.
For Players in Class F,
For Players in Class F, $50.
■;. Payments must be made at the tint ion, and unless
hi he withdrawn and the selection i incelled by the sel
within thirty days from the 'late of selection, the Secretary of the
shall remit to the cluh the amount received by him on account of su, h
Skc. 3. Any club entitled to make selection of a player ami de
so, shall notify the Secretary of the Hoard stating the name of the player
ami of the club with which he is under contract ami reservation and i
ing anl , 1, Article IS, to be paid for such release.
The Secretary shall thereupon notify the cluh or league from which such
selection is to be made and shall order his transfer to • ig club.
Notice of such selection and transfer shall thereupon be pi
ASSIGNMENT OF UNDEVELOPED PLAYERS.
Ahtki.k 13. For the purpose of retaining control of undeveloped but
promising players whose releases have been purchs
to Ihi , may, prior 1,. ih.
assign it! turplus players I lul lb< I 01 '"'. I thi i I eague patty loihis
tnent, upon mutual agreement between the clu
no other club member of the League front which the assignment i
desires such player at the term i such
transfers and assignments and the conditions governing must be filed with
the Secretary of the Board, and the salary of the player must not he less
than the salary limit adopted by the league to wllll n assigned.
Akt. I 1. Any I lub member of the major league may at any lime between
April I and October 1 negotiate with a club member of a minor l-
party to thi* Agreement, for the release of a player from minor to major
league, to take effect after October 1 of the same year, or for an immediate
release if the Constitution of such minor league permits, ..mi gucfa rel
if secured, shall, when filed with the Secretary of the Hoard, become binding
upon both clubs party to the transfer.
Art. 15. Any club member of a minor league, party to this Agreement i
may at any time during its championship season negotiate for the immediate
release of a player from a club member of another League where the league
constitution of the releasing club permits, and such release, if secured, shall,
when tiled with the Secretary of the Hoard, become binding upon both clubs
party to the transfer, providing the salary of the player so transferred dur-
i ng the championship season shall not be reduced during the balance of the
season unless he be given an unconditional release.
Article 16. Contracts between clubs and players shall be in writing in
the form approved by the Hoard. An informal contract, whether evidenced
by telegram or other writing, shall be valid for a period not exceeding
thirty days, but a formal contract must be tendered by the contracting club
to the contracting player within said thirty days. The failure of the chit)
to so tender such formal contract will release the player from all contractual
obligations thereunder, and the refusal of the player to execute such formal
contract, when so tendered, shall extend the validity of his informal contract
until he shall execute said formal contract.
TN LAWFUL CONTRACTS.
Article IT. No club shall at any time enter into negotiations or contract
with any player under contract to or reservation by another club without
the latter's consent, under such tines and penalties as the Hoard may inflict.
APPLICATION For MEMBERSHIP.
Article 18. Applications for membership by minor leagues desiring
protection under this Agreement must be made each year to the Secretary
of the Hoard, as provided in Article 6.
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
Article 19. All rights under this Agreement shall terminate on the first
day of October unless renewed between the fifteenth and twenty-fifth of
September of each year, according to Article IK.
AbTICLbSO. Newly organised leagues may ask for and be admitted to
membership at any time, but such membership shall terminate on the first
of October following unless renewed according to Article 19,
Article 21. On or before the 85th day of September in each year the
secretaries of minor leagues, parties hereto, entitled to the prjvll<
reservation, shall transmit to the Secretary of the Hoard a reserve list of
players, not exceeding fourteen in number, then under contract with each of
its several club members for the current season, and in addition th«
list of such players reserved in any prior annual reserve list who have re-
fused to contract with such clubs and of all ineligible players. Such play-
ers, together with all others thereafter to be regularly contracted with by
such clubs, are and Shall be ineligible to contract with any other I tub of any
league, except as herein prescribed. The Secretary of said Hoard shall
thereupon promulgate such lists, provided that no club shall be permitted to
reserve; any player while in arrears of salary to him.
RELEASE PROM RESERVATION,
ARTICLE 22. The Hoard may also release- from contract or reservation any
player or manager when the club with which he has contracted, or by which
he has been reserved, shall be in arrears to him for salary for more than
fifteen days after such salary became due, or when the reserving club has
failed to tender to any player, on or before the first day of March, after such
reservation, a formal contract, with a salary of at least such an amount per
month as the Board may fix as the minimum salary to be paid 10 such player,
or when any such reserving club has transferred its membership after the
close of the championship season to a different league, if the Board shall
deem that the player will be prejudiced by such transfer.
INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN CONFLICT WITH THE
Article 23— Sec. 1. Any club member of any Minor league or associa-
tion, a party to or identified with the National Agreement, that shall enter
into any negotiation to become a member of or in any way co-operate with
any organization of professional base ball clubs whose existence will in any
manner conflict with the letter and spirit of this Agreement or the interests
of any of the clubs operating under it, shall forthwith forfeit all rights and
privileges conferred by this Agreement, said forfeiture to include its mem-
bership in any association a party to this Agreement, and all rights of reser-
vation to players reserved during the current or any preceding season. The
penalty herein imposed shall be positive and final and shall not be revoked
unless by the unanimous consent of the Board or upon appeal by a three-
fourths vote of the major league.
Skc. 2. Any officer, manager or player who shall enter into any such
negotiations as referred to in Section 1 of Article 23, or who shall agree or
contract to play with any club < member of such organization shall be de-
clared ineligible and subject to all the disabilities referred to in the preced-
' ion - DISQUALIFIED PLAYERS.
ARTICLE 94. When a player or manager under contract or reservation by
any club of an association party hereto shall be expelled, suspended or ren-
ineligible in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement or the
rules of such association, notice of such disqualification shall be given to the
retary of the association from wlo.se club the player
..,vc been thus disqualified, and the Board shall forthwith give notice
of such disqualification to the several leagues acting under this Agreement.
When a player shall become ineligible under the provisions of this Agree-
ment, or by order of the Board, the Secretary of the Board shall notify the
several clubs acting under this Agreement of such disqualification. from
och notice all club meml.' stions acting under
this Agreement shall be debarred from employing or playing with or against
\ \ I ION w. AGREEMENT.
lifted player until the period of disqualification shall have ter-
minated or the disqualification be revoked by the association from which
such player was disqualified or by the Board, and due noth B of iu< b revo-
cation shall he given by the Board to the said several clubs.
i NSION OF PLAYERS.
Article 35, iny player who lias entered into i< otra with any club
of an association party hereto may be suspended without payor fined by
lub or association for breach of • ontra I or brea< h of any of the rules
of such club or association, and he shall thereafter be ineligible to sign or
play during the remainder of the current season with any of the club* r »f any
association acting hereunder, unless such disability shall have been | ■ at
removed by the club or association by which he was suspended or by the
■ i ■ i PTANCB OP SERVICE.
Article 26. Upon the release of a player from contracl or reservation
with any club member of an association then acting under this Agreement
(unless the release be made by " selection " under Article 10 or 11), the ser-
vices of such player shall at once be subject to acceptance by any club
belonging to the sain on, expressed in writing or by telegraph to
the Secretary of the Hoard, for a period of ten days after notice of said
release ; and, thereafter, if said services be not so accepted, said player may
late and contract with any club. The releasing club shall send notice
to the Secretary of the Board of said player's release on the date thereof,
and the latter shall promulgate any acceptance of his services. Provided
that the disbaiidment of a club or its expulsion from membership in either
association acting hereunder shall operate as a release of all of its players
from contract with or reservation by said club. But the services of such
players shall at once be subject to the acceptance of such association for a
period of ten days for the purpose of supplying the vacancy in its membership.
CON1 K<>i, ami DISCIPLINE.
Article iJT. Each association shall have the right to make and enforce
all rules and regulations pertaining to the control, discipline and compensa-
tion of all players iin«l-r contracl witfa its club members. Audit may pre-
scribe that all contracts with its players shall be made directly with said
ib members, with the righl of reservation to
be exclusively exercised by said association, in which event all the provisions
of this Agreement applying to contracts or reservation of p layers with and
by club members, shall apply to such contracts and reservation of players
with and by i j on . prov i dc( i tnat sucn ru i cs and regulations shall
in no way conflict with the provisions of this Agreement, or any rule. 1 1
tion or order of the Board.
i ERRITORIAL RIGHTS.
Vki " li " lim,r league whose application for membership under
this Agreement has been accepted by the Hoard shall have exclusive I onin 1
of its own territory until the termination of its membership, and no
from any other league party to this Agreement shall be allowed to p
NATIONAL AGREEMENT. 2 ;
game in .my city of its circuit without the consent of the club representing
such city, nor shall any club member of a minor league party heri
allowed to play a game within 'five miles of any city in which islocated a
club member of the major league without the consent of such club.
Article 2!). No game shall be played between any club of any league
acting hereunder, or any of its players under contract or reservation, with
any club containing an ineligible player ; nor with a club that has played
with another club containing such ineligible player. A violation of this s, (
tion shall subject each offender to fine, suspension or expulsion, in the
discretion of the Board.
TRANSFER OF PLAYERS.
Article 30. Should a club of any association agree in writing or by tele-
graph with another club of an association, subject to the National Agreement,
for the release of any player then under contract or reservation with or by it,
in accordance with the rules governing, either parly may lilt- said agreement
with the Secretary' of the Board, and should any such club, refuse to comply
with its said agreement, the Hoard may require said agreement to be complied
with, and may transfer the said player accordingly.
• PAYMENTS OF SALARIES.
Article 31. Before any league shall be granted the privileges and protec-
tion of this Agreement, It shall enact laws ,,r regulations debarring any of its
clubs from entering into contract with any player while under am-. us ..I salary
to him, and from suspending or otherwise attempting to disqualify such player
lor refusing to contract while it is so in arrears, and shall also provide for the
expulsion ol any club for refusal to pay arrears ol salary to a player when
required by said league or by the Board.
FORFEITURE OF RIGHTS.
Article :tt. All rightsol any league hereunder shall be forfeited for fail-
ing to expel any of its club members that may play a game of ball except
under the Playing Rules adopted by the National League and American
ition of Professional Base Ball Clubs.
DEFINITION of TERMS.
Article 33. The term "league or association" as herein used shall
mean and comprise an organization of professional base ball clubs ,,i not less
than four clubs, whether known as a "league," "association," or by any-
ARTICLE 84. This Agreement may be altered or amended at any time by
the unanlmou I onsen! of the Board, or upon the recommendation ol
nh scribing. It shall lake effect and be in force from and
after February 24, 1886. And all former Agrccincnls are hereby r. ,
CLASSIFICATION OF LEAGI I fO BE GOVERNED BY THE AGGRE-
GATE POPUI ITION OF THE CITIES REPRESENTED.
Class A 1,000,000 I lass D 100,000 to 260,000
Class fi 600,000 to 1,000,000 i la is E 60,000 to 100.000
CJasi C 880,000 to 500,000 I Class F— Upto
KUI.ES and regulation-..
The Rules and Regulations of the National
Board of Arbitration.
The following rules and regulations have been adopted by
the National Hoard of Arbitration, and are here given in order
that they may be understood by all those interested. The same
being adopted and to remain in force until repealed, altered,
added to or amended.
1. The duties of the Chairman shall be as follows:
(a) To issue calls for meetings of the Hoard, and preside at
such meetings; having all powers with reference thereto which
are incident to a presiding officer.
(b) To rule upon and decide all incidental and routine mat-
ters presented for determination, with power to delegate this
duty to the Secretary or any member of the Hoard.
(<•) To supervise the performance of the duties imposed upon
the other members of the Hoard.
(</) To see that each and all of the orders of this Hoard are
111!'. SECRETARY AND TREASURER.
2. The offices of the Secretary and Treasurer may be filled
by one and the same person, and the duties of such officer shall
be as follows:
(") lo receive, receipt for and disburse all moneys payable
to this Hoard, and to make all financial statements required by
the provisions of the National Agreement.
(*) To keep the records of the proceedings of the I
Ber with all the records required to be kept by the provi-
sions of the National Agreement.
(<) lo issue all notices required by the National Agrc<
to be issued.
<<') To give interpretation to the playing rules when re. pi
'do, pursua.nl to the provisions of the National Agreement.
(e) lo receive all applications for membership under the
National Agreement, and to see that the applicants pay their
proper dues. ' ' ' '
(/) To give notice of all fines and penalties imposed by the
Board, and to see that the same are paid.
(ri To attend to such other matters as maybe required of
him by the Hoard, and to keep records of all 'the busine
duties connected with the Hoard.
RllI.KS AND REGULATIONS.
The Chairman and the Secretary and Treasurer shall be
elected annually at some metting after the first of January, and
shall hold until their successors are elected and qualify.
OPINIONS AND DECISIONS.
Whenever any controversy or matter to be submitted to the
Hoard of adjustment or decision shall be forwarded, together
with all evidence and documents therewith connected, to the
Secretary and Treasurer, he shall, after submitting the same to
the Board, promulgate or publish the opinion, which must be
prepared by the Chairman or such other member of the Hoard
as he shall designate.
SELECTION OF PLATERS.
Whenever any player shall be "selected " by more than one
club, the Board will award him to the club which shall have
first filed formal notice with the Secretary that it desires the
services of said player. Such notice, however, must be accom-
panied by the deposit required by the provisions of the National
Agreement, otherwise such notice will be of no effect ami void.
A player so awarded shall be ineligible to sign with any other
club, and upon declining to abide by the decisions of the Board,
may be included in the regular list of reserved players of the
club selecting him, as per the provisions of Article 21 of the
Whenever the services of any playei released under the pro-
visions of the National Agreement are accepted by any club or
association, authorized so to do by the provisions of such
agreement, notice thereof shall be at once given to the Secre-
tary, who shall accordingly promulgate the fact.
All expenses of the Board, including compensation to the
iry and Treasurer, or to any other agent, officer or
member of the Board for special work performed, telegraphing,
postage and such other expenses as shall be allowed, hum be
paid by check of the Secrecary and Treasurer and vouchers
taken thereof, which vouchers shall be Submitted at least 1
a year to the Board for examination and approval.
THE NATIONAL HOARD
OFFICE : WASHINGTON, I >. C.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD :
N. E. Vol no, - . Chairman, Secretary and 'treasurer.
1 '»< 1 x 536, \\ ashington, D. < '.
Chas. 11. Byrne, Brooklyn, N. V.
A. II. SuDI.N, .... . BoStOIl, M.'lss^
foHN T. Brush, - - • Indianapolis, [nil.
CORRECT DIAGRAM OF A BALL FIELD-
KOTE. For Specifications See Rules from No. 2 to No. 1*.
THE PLAYING RULES
Professional Base Ball Clubs
As adopted by the National League and American Association of
Professional Base Ball Clubs.
Copyright, lHOfi, by the American Sports Publishing Co.
THE BALL GROUND.
RULE I. The Ground must be an inclosed field, sufficient
in size to enable each player to play in his position as required
by these rules.
Rule 2. To lay off the lines governing the positions and
play off the game known as Base Ball, proceed as follows:
From a point, A, within the grounds, project a right line out
into the field, and at a point, B, 154 feet from point A, lay off
lines B C and B D at right angles to the line A B; then, with B
as centre and 63.63945 feet as radius, describe arcs cutting the
lines B A at F and 1! C at G, B D at II and B E at I. Draw
lines F (), G E, E II and II F, and said lines will be the con-
taining lines of the Diamond or Infield.
THE CATCHER'S LINES.
Rule 3. With F as centre and 90 feet radius, an arc cut-
ting line F A at L, and draw lines L M and L O at right angles
to F A; and continue same out from F A not less than 90 (eet.
THE FOUL LINE.
Rule 4. From the intersection point, F, continue the straight
lines F G and F H until they intersect with the lines L M and
L I, and then from the points G and H in the opposite direc-
tion until they reach the boundary lines of the grounds.
THE PLAYERS' LINES.
Rule 5. Willi F as centre and 50 feet radius, describe arcs
cutting lines F O and E M at V and Q; then, with F as centre
again and 75 feet radius, describe arcs cutting F G and F II at
R and S; then from the points P, Q, R and S draw lines at
right angles lo the lines F O, F M, F G and F H, and continue
same until they intersect at the points T W and W.
THE CAPTAIN AND COACIIERS' LINE.
Rule 6. With R and S as centres and 15 feet radius, de-
scribe arcs cutting lines R W and S T at X and Y, and from
the points X and Y draw lines parallel with lines F H and F G,
and continue same out to the boundary lines of the ground.
PLAYING RULES. 33
THE THREE FOOT LIME.
Rule 7. With F as centre and 45 feet radius, describe an
arc cutting line F G at 1, and from 1 out to the distance of 3
leet draw a line at right angles lo F G, and marked point 2 ;
then from point 2, draw a line parallel with the line F G to a
point 3 feet beyond the point G, and marked 3 ; then from the
point 3 draw a'line at right angles to line 2, 3, back to and in-
tersecting with line F G, and from thence back along line G F
to point I. T IIE PITCHER'S PLATE.
RULE 8. With point F as centre and 60.5 feet as radius,
describe an arc cutting the line F 15 at a point 4. and draw a
line s, 6, passing through point 4 and extending 12 inchi ion
either side of line F B ; then with line 5, 6, as a side, describe
a parallelogram 24 inches by 6 inches.
Rule 9. Within the angle F, describe a square the sides
of which shall be 12 inches, two of its sides lying upon the
lines F G and F II, and within the angles (i and II describe
squares the side of which shall be 15 inches, the two outer
sides of said square lying upon the lines F G and G I and I' II
and II I, and at the angle E describe a square whose side shall
be 15 inches and so descr bed that its sides shall be parallel
with G I and I II and its centre immediately over the angular
point E. THE BAT sman's line.
Rule 10. On either side of the line A F B describe two
parallelograms 6 feet long and 4 feel wide (marked 8 and 9),
their length being parallel with the line A F 15, their distance
apart being 6 inches, added to each end of the length of the
diagonal of the square within the angle F, and the centre of
their length being upon said diagonal.
Rule II. The Home I'.ase at F and the Pitcher's Plate at 4
must be of whitened rubber and so fixed in the ground as to be
even with t lie surface.
R.ULB I2. The Firsl I'.ase at G, the Second Base at F, and
the Third Base at II, must 1m- of white canvas bags, filled with
soft material and securely fastened in their positions described
in Rule 9.
RULE 13. The lines described in Rules 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10
must be marked with lime, chalk or other suitable material,
so as to be distinctly seen by the Umpire,
1 t. The i ■ 1 ■■-.. Vote.)
♦The Spalding League Ball has been adopted by >
the past nineteen years, and is used in ill 1 I tests,
Kor junior clubs (clubs composed of boys under l'i years of age] we 1
mend them to use the Spalding Boys' League Ball and tfa
junior clubs with this ball will count as legal games th< played
with the Official League Ball.
SECTION I. Must not weigh less than five nor more than five
an'l one-quarter ounces avoirdupois, and it must measure not
less than nine nor more than nine and one-quarter inches in
circumference. The Spalding League Ball, or the Reach
American Association Ball, must be used in all games played
under these rules.
Sec. 2. For each championship game two regulation balls
shall be furnished by the Home Club to the Umpire for use.
When the ball in play is batted to foul ground, and out of sight
of the Umpire, the other ball shall be immediately brought into
play. As often as one of the two in use shall be lost a new one
must be substituted, so that the Umpire shall at all times
after the game begins have two balls in his possession and
ready for use. The moment the Umpire delivers an alternate
ball to the pitcher it comes into play, and shall not be
exchanged until it, in turn, passes out of sight to foul ground.
At no time shall the ball be intentionally discolored by rubbing
it with the soil or otherwise.
Sec. 3. In all games the balls played with shall be furnished
by the Home Club, and the last ball in play shall become the
the properly of the winning club. Each ball to be used in
championship games shall be examined, measured and weighed
by the Secretary of the League, inclosed in a paper box and
sealed with the seal of the Secretary, which seal shall not be
broken except by the Umpire in the presence of the Captains
of the two contesting nines after play lias been called.
The Home Club shall have at least a dozen regulation balls
on the field ready for use on the call of the Umpire during
each championship game.
Sic. 4. Should the ball become cut or ripped so as expose
the interior, or in any way so injured as to be, in the opinion
of the Umpire, unlit for fair use, he shall, upen appeal by
either Captain, at once put the alternate ball into play and call
for a new ball.
Ill I. HA I .
RULE 15. The Bat.
Must be made entirely of hard wood, except that the handle
may be wound with twine, or a granulated substance applied,
not to exceed eighteen inches from the end.
It must be round, and it must not exceed two and three-
quarter inches in diameter in the thickest part, nor exceed
forty-two inches in length.
THE PLAYERS AM) THEIR POSITIONS.
RULE 16. The players of each club in a game shall be nine
in number, one of whom shall act as Captain, and in no case
shall less than nine men be allowed to play on each side.
Rule 17. The players' positions shall be such as maybe
PLAYING RULES. 35
issigned them by their Captain, except that the pitcher must
take the position as defined in Rules 8 and 29.
Rule 18. Players in uniform shall not be permitted to
occupy seats or to stand among the spectators.
Rule 19. SECTION i. Every club shall adopt uniforms for
its players, but no player shall attach anything to the sole or
heel of his shoes other than the ordinary base ball shoe plate.
SBC. 2. The catcher and first baseman are permitted to wear
a glove or mit of any size, shape or weight. All other players
are restricted to the use of a glove or mit weighing not over
ten ounces, and measuring in circumference around the palm
of the hand not over fourteen inches.
Rule 20. The Players' Benches must be furnished by the
Home Club, and placed upon a portion of the ground outside
of and not nearer than twenty-five feet to the players' lines.
One such bench must be for the exclusive use of the visiting
club, and one for the exclusive use of the Home Club. All
players of the side at the bat must be seated on their bench.
except such as are legally assigned to coach base runners, and
also the batsman when called to the bat by the Umpire, and
under no circumstances shall the Umpire permit any person,
except the club president, managers and players in uniform, to
occupy seats on the benches.
Rule 21. Section i. Every Championship game must be
commenced not later than two hours before sunset.
Sec. 2. A Game shall consist of nine innings to each con-
testing nine, except that
(a) If the side first at bat scores less runs in nine innings
than the other side has scored in eight innings, the game shall
(b) If the side last at bat in the ninth innings scores the win-
ning run before the third man is out, the game shall terminate.
A tie QAHE.
Rule 22. If the score be a tie at the cud of nine innings,
play shall be continued until one side has scored more runs
ilian the other in an equal number of innings, provided that if
the side last at bat scores the winning run before the third
is out the game shall terminate.
A DRAWN G \ME.
Rule 23. A Drawn Game shall be declared by the Umpire
when he terminates a game on account of darkness or rain,
after five equal innings have been played, if the score at the
time is equal on the last even innings played ; except when the
side that went second to bat is then at the bat and has scored
the same number of ruus as the other side, iu which case the
30 PLAYING RULES.
Umpire shall declare the game drawn without regard to I'le
score of the last equal Innings.
A CALLED GAME.
Rule 24. If the Umpire calls " Game " on account of dark-
ness or rain at any time after five innings have been completed ;
the score shall be that of t lie last equal innings played ; excepl
the si' ■■ ■: at bat shall have scored one or more runs than
the side first at bat, in which case the score of the game shall
be the total number of runs made.
A FORFEITED GAME.
RULE 25. A forfeited game shall be declared by the Umpire
in favor of the club not in fault, at the request of such dab, in
the following casts :
1 ION I. If the nine of a club fail to appear upon a field,
or being upon the field, fail to begin the game within five min-
utes after the Umpire has called " Play," at the hour appointed
for the beginning of the game, unless such delay in appearing
or in commencing the game be unavoidable.
Sec. 2. If, after the game has begun, one side refuses or
fails to continue playing, unless such game has been suspended
or terminated by the Umpire.
Sec. 3. If, after play has been suspended by the Umpire,
one side fails to resume playing within one minute after the
Umpire has called " Play."
Sec. 4. If a team resorts to dilatory movements to delay (he
Sec. 5. If, in the opinion of the Umpire, any one of the
rules of the game is wilfully violated.
Sec. 6. If. after ordering the removal of a player as authorized
by Rule 60, Sec. 5, said order is not obeyed within one minute.
SEC, 7. In case the Umpire declares a game forfeited, he
shall transmit a written notice thereof to the President of the
League within twenty-four hours thereafter.
Rule 26. "No Game" shall be declared by the Umpire if
he shall terminate play on account of rain or darkness, before
five in each side are completed, except in a case when
the game is called, and the club second at bat shall have
more runs at the end of its fourth innings than the club first at
bat has made in its \\\c innings, in such case the Umpire shall
award the game to the club having marie the greatest number
of runs, and it shall be a legal game and be so counted in the
RULE 27. SECTION I. In every championship game each
side shall be required to have present on the field, in uniform,
one or more substitute players.
SBC. 2. Any such player may be substituted at any lima by
cither club, but a player thereby retired shall not thereafter
participate in the game.
SEC. 3. The Base Runner shall not have a substitute run for
him except by consent of the Captains of the contesting teams.
CHOICE OF INNINGS— CONDITION OF GROUND.
Rule 28. The choice of innings shall be given to the Cap-
tain of the Home Club, who shall also be the sole judge of the
fitness of the ground for beginning a game after rain, but after
play has been called by the Umpire he alone shall be the judge
as to the fitness of the ground for resuming play afte;' the game
has been suspended on account of rain.
THE PITCHER'S POSITION.
Rui-F. 29. The Pitcher shall take his position facing the
Batsman with both feet square on the ground, and in front of
the Pitcher's plate, but in the act of delivering the ball to the
bat one foot must be in contact with the pitcher's plate, de-
fined in Rule 8. He shall not raise either foot, unless in the
act of delivering the ball to the bat, nor make more than one
step in such delivery.
When the Pitcher feigns to throw the ball to a base he must
resume the above position and pause momentarily before de-
livering the ball to the bat.
A FAIRLY DELIVERED BALL.
Rule 30. A Fairly Delivered Ball to the bat is a ball pitched
or thrown to the bat by the Pitcher while standing in his posi-
tion and facing the Batsman, the ball so delivered to pass over
any portion of the Home Base not lower than the Batsman's
knee, nor higher than his shoulder.
AN UNFAIRLY DELIVERED BALL.
RULE 31. An Unfairly Delivered Ball is a ball delivered by
the Pitcher, as in Rule 30, except that the ball dues not pass
over any portion of the Home Base, or does pass over the I Ionic
Base above th ) Batsman's shoulder or below the knee,
Rule 32. A Balk shall be :
SECTION I. Any motion made by the Pitcher to deliver the
ball to the bat without delivering it.
SEC. 2. Any delivery of the ball to the bat while his (pivot)
foot is not in contact with the Pitcher's plate, as defined in
SEC. 3. Any motion in delivering the ball to the bat by the
Pitcher while not in the position defined in Rule 29.
Sec. 4. The holding of the ball by the Pitcher so long as to
delay the game unnecessarily.
Rui.E 33. A Dead Ball is a ball delivered to the bat by the
Pitcher that touches any pari of the Batsman's person or cloth-
ing while standing in his position without being struck at ; or
that touches any part of the Umpire's person or clothing while
he is standing on foul ground, without first passing the
Ki i.k 3(_ In caseof a Foul Strike, Foul Hit ball not legally
caught out, Dead Hall, or Base Runner put out for being struck
by a fair hit ball, the ball shall not be considered in play until
it is held by the Pitcher standing in his position, and the
Umpire shall have called play.
Rule 35. Section' i. A Block is a batted or thrown ball
that is touched, stopped or handled by any person not engaged
in the game.
Sec. 2. Whenever a Block occurs the Umpire shall declare
it, and Base Runners may run the basts without being put out
until the ball has been returned to and held by the Pitcher
standing in his position.
Sec. 3. In the case of a Block, if the person not engaged in
the game should retain posssession of the ball, or throw or kick
it beyond the reach of the F'ielders, the Umpire should call
"Time," and require inch l!ase Runner to stop at the last base
touched by him until the ball be returned to die Pitcher stand-
ing in his position, anil the Umpire shall have called "play."
THE BATSMAN'S BOSITION — (iKI)IK OF BATTING.
Rule 36. The Batsmen must take their positions within the
Batsmen's Lines, as defined in Rule io, in (he order in which
they a-re named in the batting order, which batting order must
be submitted by the Captains of the opposing learns to the Um-
pire before the game, and this batting order must be followed
pi in the case of a substitute player, in which case the
substitute must take the place of the original player in the
batting order. After the first inning the first si riker in each
inning shall be the batsman whose name follows that of the
man who has completed his turn — time at bat — in the pre-
• eding inning.
Kile 37. SECT ion i. When their side goes to the bat the
players must immediately return to the players' bench, as de-
(ined in Rule 20, and remain there until the side is put out, ex-
cept when batsmen or base runners; provided, that the Captain
and one assistant only may occupy the space between the Play-
. is' Lines and the Captain's Fine-;, to coach base runners.
SEC. 2. No player of the side "at bat, "except when batsman,
>hall occupy any portion of the space within the Catcher's
Lines, as defined in Rule 3. The triangular space behind the
Home Base is reserved for the exclusive use of Umpire,
Catcher and Batsman, and the Umpire must prohibit any
player of the side "at bat" from crossing the same at any
time while the ball is in the hands of or passing between the
Pitcher and Catcher, while standing in their positions.
Sec. 3. The players of the side "at bat" must occupy the
portion of the field allotted them, but must speedily vacate any
portion thereof that may be in the way of the ball, or any
Fielder attempting to catch or field it.
THE BATTING RULES.
Rule 38. A Fair Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, stand-
ing in his position, that first touches any part of the person of a
player or umpire or falls within the foul lines, that (whether it
first touches Foul or Fair Ground) bounds or rolls within the
Foul Lines, between Home and First, or Home and Third
Bases, without interference by a player.
Hule 39. A Foul Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman,
standing in his position, that first touches the ground, any part
of the person of a player, or any object behind either of the
Foul Lines, or that strikes the person of such Batsman, while
standing in his position, or batted by the Batsman, standing in
his position, that (whether it first touches Foul or Fair Ground)
bounds or rolls outside the Foul ^.ines, between Home and
First, or Home and Third Bases, without interference by a
player : J'rovicled, that a Foul Hit ball not rising above the
Batsman's head, and caught by the Catcher playing within ten
feet of the Home Base, shall be termed a Foul Tip.
Rule 40. A Bunt Hit is a deliberate attempt on the part of
tin batsman to hit a ball slowly within the infield so that i
cannot be fielded by any infielder in time to retire the batsman.
HALLS BATTED OUTSIDE THE GROUNDS.
RULE 41. When a batted ball passes outside the grounds,
the Umpire shall decide it Fair should it disappear within, or
Foul should it disappear outside of the range of the Foul
Lines, and Rules 38 and 39 arc to be construed accordingly.
Rule 42. A Fair batted ball that goes over the fence shall
entitle the batsman to a home run, except that should it go
over the fence at a less distance than two hundred and thirty-
five feet from the Home Base, when he shall be entitled to two
bases only, and a distinctive line shall be marked on the fence
at this point.
RULE 43. A Strike is :
Section i. A ball struck at by the Batsman without its
touching his bat ; or
Sf.c. 2. A Fair Ball legally delivered by the Pitcher, J.ut
not struck at by the Batsman.
Sec. 3. Any obvious attempt to make a Foul Kit.
SEC. 4. A Foul Hit, other than a foul tip, made by the Hats-
man while attempting a bunt hit, as defined in Rule 40, that
falls or rolls upon foul ground between Home base and
Base or Home base and Third B
SEC. 5. A ball struck at, if the ball touches any part of the
SBC. 6. A ball tipped by the Batsman and caught by the
catcher within the 10-foot lines.
RULE 44. A Foul Strike is a ball batted by the Batsman
when any part of his person is upon ground outside the lines of
the Batsman's position.
THE BATSMAN IS OUT.
Rule 45. The Batsman is out :
SECTION I. If he fails to take his position at the bat in his
order of batting, unless the error be discovered and the proper
Batsman takes his position before a time "at bat" re-
corded ; and in such case the balls and strikes called must be
counted in the time "at bat " of the proper batsman, and only
the proper Batsman shall be declared out : Provided, this rule
shall not lake effect unless the cut is declared before the ball is
delivered to the succeeding Batsman, and no runs shall be
scored or bases run, and further, no outs shall be counted other
than that of the proper Batsman.
SEC. 3. If he fails to take his position within one minute
after the Umpire has called for the Bat-man.
3. If he makes a Foul Hit other than a Foul Tip, as
defined in Rule 3<;, and the ball be momentarily held by a
Fielder before touching the ground, provided it be not caught
in a Fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object Other than a
der, before I .lit.
SEC. 4. If he makes a Foul Strike.
5- If he attempts to binder the Catcher from fielding
or throwing the ball by stepping outside the lines of his posi-
tion, or otherwise obstructing or interfering witli the player.
SEC. 6. If, while the First Base be occupied by a base
runner, three strikes be called on him by the Umpire, except
when two men are already out.
Ski-. 7. If, after two strikes have been called, the Batsman
obviously attempts to make a foul hit, as in Rule 43, Section 3.
SEC. B. If, while attempting a third strike, the ball touches
any part of the batman's person, in which case base runners
occupying bases shall return, as prescribed in Rule 49, Section 5.
SEC. 9. If he hits a fly ball that can he handled by an i:i-
fielder while first and second bases are occupied, or first, second
and third, with only one out.
Sec. io. If the third strike is called in accordance with
Section 4, Rule 43, in such case the Umpire shall, as soon as
the ball is hit, declare infield or outfield hit.
BASK RUNNING RULES.
WHEN -NIK BATSMAN BECOMES A BASE RUNNER.
Rule 46. The Batsman becomes a Base Runner :
I. Instantly after he makes a Fair Hit.
Instantly after four balls have been called by the
Sic 3. Instantly after three strikes have been decided by
Six. 4. If, while he be a Iiatsman, without making any
attempt to strike, his person — excepting hands or forearm,
which makes it a dead hall— or clothing be hit by a ball from
the Pitcher ; unless, in the opinion of the Umpire, he intention-
ally permits himself to be so hit.
Sic. 5. Instantly after an illegal delivery of a ball by the
BASES TO BE TOUCHED.
RULE .47. Tin' Base Runner must touch each base in regular
order, vi/.., hirst, Second, Third and Home Bases, and when
obliged to return (except on a foul hit) must retouch the base
or bases in reverse "order. lie shall only be considered as
holding a base after touching it, and shall then be entitled to
hold such base until he has legally touched the next base in
order, or has been legally forced to vacate it for a succeeding
ENTITLED TO BASES.
RULE 48. The Base Runner shall be entitled, without being
put out, to take the base in the following cases :
SECTION I. If, while he was Batsman, the Umpire called
SEC, 2. If the Umpire awards a succeeding batsman a base
on four balls, or for being hit with a pitched ball, or in case of
an illegal delivery — as in Rule 46, Section 5 — and the Base
Runner is thereby forced to vacate the base held by him.
SEC, 3. If the Umpire calls a "balk."
SEC. 4. If a ball, delivered by the Pitcher, pass the Catcher
and touch the Umpire, or any fence or building within ninety
feet of the Home Base.
Sec. 5. If, upon a fair hit, the ball strikes the person or
clothing of the Umpire on fair ground.
SEC. (>. If he be prevented from making a base by the
obstruction of an adversary.
Q2 PI.AYINC RUI.KS.
Sec. 7. If tlie Fielder stop nr catch a batted ball with Ins
any part of his dress.
RETURNING TO HA
RULE 49. The Base Runner shall return to his base, and
shall be entitled to so return without being pnl oul :
SECTION I. If the Umpire declares a Foul Tip (as defined
in Kul.- 39), or any other Foul Hit not legally caught bya fielder.
Ski-. 2. If the Umpire declares a Foul Strike.
Sec. 3. If the Umpire declares a Dead Ball, unless it be also
the fourth Unfair Ball and he he thereby forced to take the
next base, as provided in Rule 48, Section 2.
SEC. 4. If the person or clothing of the Umpire interferes
with the Catcher, or he is struck by a ball thrown by the Catcher
to intercept a Base Runner.
SEC. 5. The Rase Runner shall return to his base, if, while
attempting a strike, the ball touches any part of the Batsman's
WHEN BASS RUMMERS AK1. <.t 1.
RULE 50. The Base Runner is out:
SEC! [ON I. If, after three strikes have been declared against
him while Batsman, and the Catcher fail to catch the third
strike ball, he plainly attempts to hinder the Catcher from
fielding the ball.
SEC, 2. If, having made a lair Hit while Batsman, such fair
bit ball be momentarily held by a Fielder before touching the
ground, or any object other than a Fielder; Provided, it be not
caught in a Fielder's hat or cap.
3. If, when the Umpire has declared three strikes on
him while Batsman, the third strike ball be momentarily held
by a Field' tuching the ground: Provided, it be not
caught in a Fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object other
thai, a Fielder, before being .aught.
SEC, 4. If, after Three Strik.-s or a lair Hit, he be touched
with the ball in the hand of a- Fielder before he shall have
touched First Base.
5- If, after Three Strikes or a Fair Hit, the ball be
securely held by a Fielder while touching h: I Base with any
part of hi- | rcsucb base Runner touches Kirs!
Sl '■' ■ ''■ ,f . ''I running the last half of the distance from
Ii "" 1 I ise, while the ball is being fielded to First
he runs outside the three-foot line*, as defined in Rule 7,
unless to avoid a Fielder attempting to held a Hatted Rail.
SEC. 7. If, 111 running from F11 Base, from
Second to Third Rase, or from Third to Horn. runs
more than three feet from a direct line between such bfl
avoid being touched by the ball in the hands of a 1:.
but mease a Fielder be occupying the Base Runner's proper
path, in attempting to field a batted ball, then the Base Runner
shall run out of the path, and behind said Fielder, and shall
not be declared out for so doing,
Six'. 8. If he fails to avoid a Fielder attempting to field a
batted ball, in the manner described in Sections 6 ami 7 of this
Rule; or if he in any way obstructs a Fielder attempting to
field- 1 , batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown
ball: Provided, that if two or more 1 i Id' 10 field a
batted ball, and the Ba e Runner comes in contact with one or
more of them, the Umpire shall determine which Fielderis
entitled to the benefit of this hall nut decide the
Base Runner out for coming in contact with any other fielder.
. '). If, at anytime while tin- ball is in play, hi
touched by the ball in the hands ..f a Fielder, unless some part
of his person is touching a base he is entil upy : Pro-
. the ball be held by the Fielder after touching him ; but
(exception as to First Base), in running to e he may
overrun said base, without being put out for being off said base,
after first touching it, provided he returns at once and ret. niches
the base, after which he may be put out as at any other base.
K, in overrunning First Base, hi also mpts to run to Si
Base, or, after passing the base he turn-, to his left from the
foul line, he shall forfeit such exemption from being put out.
Sec. 10. If, when a lair or foul Hit ball (other than a foul
tip as refened to in Rule 39) is legally caught by a Fielder,
such ball is legally held by a Fielder on the base occupied by
the Base Runner when such ball was struck (or the Rase Run-
ner be touched with the ball in the hands of a Fielder), before
he retouches said base after such hair or Foul Hit ball v.
caught : Provided, that the liase Runner shall not be out in
sben case, if. after the ball was legally caught as al
delivered to the bat by tin- I'ili Ini 1 r holds it
on said base, or touches the Base Runner with it ; but if the
Base Runner in attempting to reach a base, detaches it before
being touched or forced out, he shall be declared safe.
Sis. 11. Lf, when a Batsman a liase Runner, the
First liase, or the First and Second Bases, or the First, s
and Third Bases, be occupied, any Base Runner so occupying
a base shall cease to be entitled to hold il, until any following
Base Runner is put out, and may be put oul at the next h.
by being touched by the ball in the hands of a Fielder in the
same manner as in running to Inst liase, at anytime
any following liase Runner is put out.
. 12. If a Fair Hit ball strike him before touchin
Fielder, and in such case no base shall be run unless [„;,
the Batsman becoming a Base Runner, and no run shall be
scored ; or any other liase Runner put out.
PI.AY1NC, RIM ■
Sec. 13. If, when running to a base or forced to return to a
base, he fail to touch the intervening base or bases, if any, in
the order prescribed in Rule 47, he may be put out at the base
he fails to touch, or being touched by the ball in the hands of
a Fielder, in the same manner as in running to hirst Base :
Provided, th&t the Base Runner shall not be out in such case if
the ball be delivered to the bat by the Pitcher In-fore the
Fielder holds it on said baseortouche 1 the Ba re Runner with it.
. 14. If. when the Umpire calls "Play," after any sus-
pension of a game, he fails to return to and touch the base he
occupii "Time" was called before touching the next
base : Provided, the Base Runner shall not be out in such case
if the ball be delivered to the bat by the Pitcher before the
Fielder holds it on said base or touchesthe Base Runner with it.
WHEN BATSMAN OR BASK RUNNER IS OUT.
Rut.E 51. The Umpire shall declare the Batsman or Base
Runner out, without waiting for an appeal for such decision,
in all cases where such player is put out in accordance with
these rules, except as provided in Rule 50, Sections 10 and 14.
COACHING I ES.
RULE 52, Thi shall be restricted to coaching the
Case Runner only, ami shall not be allowed to address any
remarks except to the liasc Runner, and then only in wo:
necessary direction ; ami shall not use language which will in
any manner refer to or reflect upon a player of the opposing
club, the Umpire or the spectators, and not more than two
eoachers, who may be one player participating in tbe game and
any other player under contract to it, in lie uniform of either
club, shall be allowed at any one time. To enforce the above,
he Captain of the opposite side may call the attentionof the
Umpire to the offence, ami upon a repetition of the same, the
offending player shall be di >ra further participation in
the game and shall leave the playing field forthwith.
•I lit: SCORING OF RUNS.
RULE 53. One run shall be scored every time a Base Run-
ner, after having legally touched the lust tin , shall
tlo- Home Base before three men are put out.
(Exception) If the third man is forced out, or is put out be-
reaching hirst Base, a run shall not be scored.
RULE 54. The Umpire shall not be changed .luring ti.
progress of a game, except for reason of illness or injury.
HIS POWERS AND JURISDICTION.
Rllk 55. Suction i. The Umpire is master of the Field
from the commencement to the termination of thegame, and is
entitled to the respect of the spectators, and any person offer-
ing any insult or indignity to him must be promptly ejected
from the grounds.
Sic. 2. He must be invariably addressed by the players as
Mr. Umpire; and he must compel the players to observe the
ions of all the Playing Rules, and he is hereby invested
with authority to order any player to do or omit to do any acl
as he may deem necessary to give force and effect to an ) and
all such provisions.
SPEC! VI hi iiks.
RULE 56. The Umpire's duties shall be as follows:
SECTION I. The Umpire is the sole and absolute judge of
play. In no instance shall any person, except the Captains of
the competing teams, be allowed to address him or question his
decisions, and they can only question him on an interpretation
of the rules. No manager or any other officer of either club
shall be permitted to go on the field or address the Umpire,
under a penalty of a forfeiture of a game.
SEC. 2. Before the commencement of a game the Umpire
shall see that the rules governing all the materials of the game
are strictly observed, lie shall ask the captain of the home
club whether there are any special ground rules to be enforced,
and if there are, he shall see that they are duly enforced, pro-
vided they 'I., no! conflicl with any of these rules.
SEC. 3. The Umpire must keep the contesting nines playing
nitly from the commencement of the game to its termina-
tion, allowing such delays only as are rendered unavoidable by
accident, injury or rain. He must, until the completion of the
game, require the players of each side to promptly take their
positions in the field as soon as the third man is put out, and
must require the first striker of the opposite side to be in his
position at the bat as soon as ilie fielders are in their plai
Sec 4. The Umpire 5] .all every "Unfair
Ball" delivered by the l';i' very "Dead hail," if also
an unfair ball, as a " Ball," and he shall count and call every
"Strike." Neither a "Ball" Bora " Strike " shall be counted
or called until the ball has passed the Home Hasc. lie shall
also declare every " I >ead Ball," " Block," " Foul Hit," " Foul
Strike" and "Balk," "Infield" or "Outfield Hit,"
bed in Rule 45, Section 9.
c A.LL1NG " PLAY " AM) " TIM1 ."
RULE 57. The Umpire must call "Play" promptly at the
hour designated by the Home Chili, ami 01, the call of " Play"
the game must immediately begin. When he calls " Time "
play shall be suspended until he calls " 1'lay " again, and dur-
ing the interim no player shall be put oat, base be run or run
be scored. The Umpire shall suspend play only for an acci-
dent to himself or a player (bat incase of accident to a Fielder
"Time" shall not be called until the ball be returned to and
held by the Pitcher, standing in his position), or in case rain
falls so heavily that the spectators are compelled, by the sever-
ity of the storm, to seek shelter, in which case he shall note the
time of suspension, and should such rain continue to fall thirty
minutes thereafter, he shall terminate the game ; or to enforce
order in case of annoyance from spectator .
RULE 58. The Umpire is only allowed, by the rules, to call
"Time" in case of an accident to himself or a player, a "Block"
as referred to in Rule 35, Section 3, or in case of rain, as defined
by the rule.
RULE 59. SECTION I. The Umpire shall remove from the
game and the field any player guilty of indecent or vulgar
language or conduct, and in addition thereto the player shall be
lined the sum of 8-5.
Rule 60. Section i. The Umpire is authorized to impose
a line of not less than $5, nor more than §10, during the progress
of a game, as follows : For the Captain, Coacher, or any player
of the contesting teams failing to remain within the bounds of
his position as defined in these rules. This, however, shall not
deprive the Captain of either team from appealing to the Um-
pire upon a question involving an interpretation of the rules.
SEC. 2. For the disobedience by a player of any order of the
Umpire, or any violation of these rules.
SEC 3. If a player is guilty of a second violation of this
rule the Umpire shall impose a fine of J25 and, in his discre-
tion, order the player from the game and the field. For a
third offense the Umpire must positively order the player from
the field, and forthwith notify the Captain of the team to which
the player belongs that during the continuance of the game he
he will impose no further lines but instantly remove any player
guilty of a violation of any of these rules.
Sec. 4. Winn the Umpire orders a player from the game
he shall also insist upon the player's removal from the field,
and suspend play until this order is obeyed.
Sec. 5. Immediately upon notification by tin- I'm pi re that a
fine has been imposed upon any Manager, Captain or player
the Secretary shall forthwith notify the person so fined, and
also the club of which he is a member, and in the event of the
failure of the person SO fined to pay to the Secretary the amount
of said line within five days of notice, he shall be debarred
from participation in any championship game until such fine is
I 1 1- 1 D RUL1 .
Rule 61"! No club shall allow open betting or pool-selling
upon its ground, nor i.i any building owned or occupied by it.
RULE 62. No person shall be allowed upon any part of the
field during the progress of the game in addition to the players
in uniform, the Manager on each side and the Umpire except
such officers of the law as may be present in uniform and such
"Mm ials of the home club as may be necesary to preserve the
Rui.k 63. No Umpire, Manager, I aptain or player shall
address the spectators during the progress of the game, except
in case of necessary explanation.
Rule 64. Every club shall furnish sufficient police force
upon its own grounds to preserve order, and in the event of a
crowd entering the field during the progress of a game, and
interfering with the play in any manner, the visiting club may
refuse to play further until the field be cleared. If the ground
be not cleared within fifteen minutes thereafter, the visiting
club may claim, and shall be entitled to the game by a score
of nine runs to none (no matter what number of innings have
Rut. E 65. " Play " is the order of the Umpire to begin the
game, or to resume play after its suspension.
Rule 66. "Time" is the order of the Umpire to suspend play.
Such suspension must not extend beyond the day of the game.
Rule 67. "Game" is the announcement by the Umpire
that the game is terminated.
RULE 68. An "Inning" is the term at bat of the nine play-
ers representing a club in a game, and is completed when
three of such players have been put out, as provided in these rules.
Rule 69. A "Time at Bat" is the term at bat of a Bats-
man. It begins when he takes his position, and continues
until he is put out or becomes a base runner ; except when, be-
cause of being hit by a pitched ball, or in case of an illegal
delivery by the Pitcher, or in ease ,,f a sacrifice hit purposely
made to the infield which, not being a base hit, advances a
base runner without resulting in a put out, except to the B
man, as in Rule 45.
Rule 70. "Regal" or "Legally" signifies as required by
Rule 71. In order to promote uniformity in scoring cham-
pionship games the following instructions, suggestions and
definitions are made for the benefit of scorers, and they ate
required to make all scores in accordance therewith.
Section i. The first item in the tabulated score, after the
player's name and position, shall be the number of times he
has been at bat during game. The time or times when the
■ 5 PLAYINC RULES.
player has been sent lo base by being hit by a pitched ball, by
the Pitcher's illegal delivery, or by a base on bails, shall not he
included in this column.
Sec. 2. In the second column should be set down the runs
made hy each player.
SEC. 3. In the third column should he placed the first base
hits made by each player. A base hit should be scored in the
When the ball from the bat strikes the ground within the
foul lines, and out of reach of the Fieli
When a hit ball is partially or wholly stopped by a Fielder
in motion, but such playei cannot recover himself in time to
handle the ball before the striker reaches first Base.
When a hit ball is hit so sharply to an tnfielder that he can-
not handle it in time to put out the Batsman. In case of doubt
over this class of hits, score a base bit, and exempt the Fielder
from the < b$rge of an error.
When a ball is hit SO slowly toward a Fielder that he cannot
handle it in lime to put out the Batsman.
That in all cases where a Base Runner is retired by being hit
by a batted ball, the Batsman should be credited with a base hit.
When a ! ul led ball hits the person or clothing of the Umpire,
as defined in Rule 48, Section 5.
SEC. 4, In the fourth column shall be placed Sacrifice Hits,
which shall be credited to the Batsman, who, when no 01
out, or when but one man is out, advances a Runner a base by
a bunt sacrifice hit, which residts in putting out the Batsman,
or would so result if the ball were handled without error.
SEC. 5. The number of opponents put out by each player
shall be set down in the fiflh Column, Where a Batsman is
given out by the Umpire for a foul strike, or where the Bats-
man fails to bat in proper order, the put out shall be scored to
the ('all her.
Sec. 6. The number of times the player assists shall beset
down in the ixth column. An assist should be given to each
player who handles the ball in assisting a run out or other play
nf the kind.
\« assist should be given to a player who makes a play in
time to put a runner out, even if the player who could com-
e the play fails, through no fault of the player assisting.
And generally an assist should be given to each player who
handles or assists in any manner in handling the ball from the
it leaves the bat until it reaches the player who makes the
put out, or in case of a thrown ball, to each player wdio throws
ndles it cleanly, and in such a way that a put-out result;,
er would result if no error n ceiver.
Skc. 7. An error shall be given in the seventh column f r
each mi splay which allows the striker or base runner to make
one o-r more bases when perfect play would have insured his
heingput out, except that "wild pitches," "base onfalls,"
hases on the batsman being struck by a "pitched ball," or in
case of illegal pitched balls, balks and passed balls, shall not
he included in Said Column. In scoring errors of batted balls
see Section 3 of this rule.
SEC. 8. Stolen Bases shall be scored as follows:
Any attempt to steal a base must go to the credit of the Base
Runner, whether the ball is thrown wild or muffed by the
fielder, but any manifest error is to be charged to the fielder
making the same. If the Base Runner advances another base
he shall not be credited with a stolen base, and the fielder
allowing the advancement is also to be charged with an error.
If the Base Runner makes a start and a battery error is made,
the runner secures the credit of a stolen base, and the battery
error is scored against the player making it. Should a Base
Runner overrun a base and then be put out, he shall receive the
credit for the stolen base. If a Base Runner advances a base
on a fly out, or gains two bases on a single base hit, or an infield
out, or attempted out, he shall be credited with a stolen base.
provided there is a possible chance and a palpable attempt made
to retire him.
Sec. 9. An earned run shall be scored every time the player
reaches the home base unaided by errors before chances have
been offered to retire the side.
ROLE 72. The Summary shall contain:
SECTION I. The number of earned runs made by each side.
SEC. 2. The number of two-base hits made by each player.
3> The number of three-base hits made by each player.
I- The number of home runs made by each player.
SEC, 5. The number of bases stolen by each player.
Sec. 6. The number of double and triple plays made by each
side, and the names of the players assisting in the same.
Sec, 7. The number of men given bases on called balls by
Sec. 8. The number of men given bases from being hit by
•i- 1'he number of men struck out.
SEC. 10. The number of passed balls by each Catcher.
Sec. 11. The number of wild pitches by each Pitcher.
Sir. 12. The time of Cam, .
Skc. 13. The name of the Umpire.
INDEX TO RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Foul Lines, .
The Captains' and Coachcrs' I i
'I he Bases, . .
The I tome Base,
First, Second and Third liases.
Lines must be Marked,
Weight and Size,
Number Halls Furnished,
Furnished by Home Club,
Replaced if Injured,
The Bat, ....
Material of ...
Shape of ...
THE PLAYERS AM' THEIR
Number of Players in Game,
Players not to Sit with Spectators,
I loves, ....
'! HE GAME
Time of Championship Game,
Number of 1 u
Termination of Game,
The Winning Run,
A Tie Game,
A Drawn Game,
A Called Game,
A Fort .
Failure of the Nine to A]
:] of One Side to Play, .
Fail-. i ng,
If a Ti to Dilatoi y :
i a Remove I
No i iamc, .....
■ More Substitute Players,
Fxir.i Player, ....
Choice of Innings Condition o(C
The Pitcher's Position,
Delivery of the Ball I
Unfair Ball, ....
r '°°t N • with Pitchi
Pitcher Outside of Lines,
A Dead Ball,
A Foul Strike,
Block Balls, ....
Stopped by Person not in I
Ball Returned, .
. . 'I>
. ' . ii
Base-Runner Must Stop,
The B 'osition— Order of Batting,
yen must Remain,
;e Resei ved for I : mpire,
Spa< b Allotted Players " ai Rat,"
Bat hi ■ Rules— Fair Hit,
Batted Ball Outsi unds,
A fair Batted Ball, .....
Hail Struck ai by Bal iroan.
Fair Ball I 'elivered by Pitcher,
■\i tempi to Make Foul Hit, .
[ h while At tern] ting a Hunt Hit,
B ill Strut I. ai after Touching Batsman's Persoi
Hall Tipped by Batsman,
A Foul Strike, ...
■ man is Out, .
Falling; to Take Position at Bal in Order,
Failure to Take Position within One Minute
If He Makes a Foul Hit.
If He Makes a Foul Strike,
Attempt to Hinder * Iat< her,
Three Strikes Called l>v Umpire,
Attempt to Make a Foul Hit After Two Strikes h;
If Ball Hits Him While Making Third Strike,
li He Hits a Fly Ball thai can he 11 indl< d by Infield
First Base Occupied with Only I »neOut,
U Third Strike is Called,
BASE RUNNING RULES
The Batsman Bei Runner, .
After a Fair Hit,
After Four B till are I ..lied.
After ThreeStrikes are Declared,
If Hit by Hall While at Bat,
After Illegal Delivery of Ball,
Bases to be Touched, .....
K.ntiti' to Bases, .
If Umpire Calls Four Ball
If Umpire Award Second Batsn i i r ■ ■
li UmpireCalls Balk,
It Pitcher's Ball Passes Catcher,
Ball Strikes Umpire,
Prevented 1 (taking T
Fieldei Stops Ball, ....
Returning to Bases, ....
[f Foul Tip,
If Foul Strike, ....
If Dead Ball.
I f Person of Umpire interferes with Catcher,
If the Ball Touches the Batsman \ V i on,
Ha-.. Kuiin-r Out, ....
\ i tempt to 1 Eindei < !ati hei fi Fit Idi (ig Ball,
II Fielder ll.dd Fair Hit Ball,
TfairdStrike Ball Held by Fielder,
! bed with Ball After Three Strikes,
Touching First Base, ....
Running from l [■ :.
Running from Fii to .
Failure to Avoid Fielder,
Touched by Ball While in Fla> , .
. ' rn
. ' '1)
Fair or Foul Hit Caught by Fielder,
, .t Bate Runner,
Touched by Hi: Ball Before Touching
Umpire Calls Play, ....
When Jiatsinan or Base Runner is Out,
Coaching Rules, .
Scoring of Runs, .....
The Umpire, ....
When Master of the Field,
■ i ranee of PI i
Special 1 luttes, .....
;.; of Hay,
Shall See Rules Observed Befon ing Game,
Must Keep Contesting Nina
Must Count and Call Balls,
Umpire Must Call Play, .
■ Allowed to Call Time,
Umpire li Lmpowered to Inflict Fines,
Wilful Failure of Captain to Remain within
Disobedience of a Player,
Repetition of Offences,
Player Must Re Removed from the Field,
Shall Notify Person Fined,
No Club Shall Allow Open Betting,
ball be Allowed in the 1 i
Audience Shall \ -m1.
Every Club Shall Furnish Police
GENERAL DEFINITE >NS
A Time at
Sacrifii <■ Hits,
Nunn i R lin , t
Number ol I w. |
Number oi I
Number of Home Runt
Numb.-r ol Stolen Hases,
Number ol I
on Called Balls,
Men Struck < tat,
Name ul Umpire,
ANNUAL MEETING OF mmtn OF DIRECTORS.
Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors.
M. MEETING OF THE BOARD <>K DIRECTORS OF l ill
NATIONAL LEAGUE AM) AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF
PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CI UBS HELD AT 1 BE
FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY,
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13,
Meeting called to order at 10.20 o'clock A. \t.
N. E. Young, Chairman ; Messrs. Von der Ilorst, Brnsh,
Soden, Ryrne, Von der Abe and Hart, Directors.
The Secretary presented a tabular statement of. championship
a won and lost during the season of 1895. On motion the
following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That the Baltimore Base Ball Club, of Baltimore
Md., having won the greatest percentage of games in the cham-
pionship series, is hereby awarded the base ball championship
of the United States for the year 1895.
The report of the Treasurer was receive! and accepted.
The Secretary submitted the appeals oi a number ol p] 1
asking that fines imposed upon them during the season oi
be remitted. On motion it was resolved that inasmuch as said
fines were imposed in accordance with our rules, (his i
not feel authorized to remit the ame,
N. E. YOUNG, Chairman.
Signed I. T. l'.KI sn,
A. 11. SODEN,
|. A. Hart,
C. 11. Byrne,
Chris. Von m b \ m
11 K. Von dekHorst,
ANNUAL MEETING OF NATIONAL LEAG1 i.
Annual Meeting of National League.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL LBAG1 I ami AMBRll AN
ASSOCrATION OF PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLI BS HELD
AT THE FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL, NEW yokk,
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBEB 1 3, 1895.
Meeting called to order at 1.35 >'• M -
A. II. Soden and J. B. Hillings, representing t he Boston
Base Ball Association.
C. Von der A lie and W. M. Ilezel, representing the St. Loui
Base Ball Association.
Andrew I- reedman, representing the National Exhibition
Company of New York City.
W. W. Kerr, representing the Pittsburg Athletic Company.
F. De II. Robison, representing the Cleveland Ba>e ISall
Dr. 'I". II. StucUy and Harney Dreyfuss, representing the
ille Base Ball Company.
II. R. Von der Horst and Edward llanlon, representing the
l.iltimon Base Ball and Exhibition Company.
John I. Rogers and A. J. Reach, representing the Phila-
ihia Hall ' 'lub.
C. II. Byrne ami F. A. Abell, representing the Brooklyn
Base Ball Club.
|. T. Brush and N. A. Lloyd, representing the Cincinnati
liase Hall Club.
|. Earle Wagner, representing the National Washington Base
James A. Hart, represent it ago Ball 1 lub.
ANNUAL MEETING OF NATIONAL LEAGUE.
On motion the reading of minutes of previous meetings was
The report of the Board of Directors was received and
The League proceeded to consider amendments to the
League Constitution, which, as amended, was adopted as
follows. (See Constitution.)
On motion, adjourned to meet at II A. M. on the following
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 180,5.
Meeting called to order at 12 o'clock noon.
The following resolution was adopted :
Resohied, That the Rules Committee, when appointed, are
requested to submit to this body an amendment to Rule 50.,
substantially abolishing the infliction of money fines, and em-
powering umpires to remove from t lie game any player, who,
after being once cautioned, continues to be guilty of violating
any of the Rules, and in case of serious violation to remove him
without such caution.
The Secretary was directed to express the thanks of this
body to the executors of the estate of the late Harry Wright
for their kindness and promptness in carrying out his wishes
as expressed in his last will, that all his base ball and cricket
records and effects be presented to the National League.
On motion, the Secretary was instructed to have prepared a
list of all such records and effects, and present the same to the
League at the Spring meeting.
The following minute, submitted by Col. Rogers, was
unanimously adopted, and the Secretary was directed to s
the same upon the minutes of this organization, and present the
family of Mr. Wright with an engrossed copy :
56 ANNUAL MEETING OF NATIONAL M
It is meet and proper that this organization, at its first session held after
the sad event, should formally record the death of Harry Wright, w
almost two year* has been our Chief of Umpires, an office create
nition of his invaluable lervices to and life-long connection with the national
Same, an office of which he was the only incumbent, without predecessor or
But beyond this formal duty — which, sanctioned by immemorial custom,
would devolve upon the dec-use of an ordinary associate — we feel that the
>n and the man warrant a personal expression of the profoum
of an immense constituency (trans as well as cia-Atlantic), of which we may
be considered the official expon
That universal grief founa vent not only in the fun • ind floral tomb
offerings, but in the outpourings of saddened hearts and tributes from fond
memories that measured their bereavements by depicting the greatness of the
man and the lovableness of the friend they had lost.
Had he greatness ? Not, perhaps, in its ordinary significance, as wor-
shipped in the glare, glitter and tinsel of public life, accompanied by hurrahs
ana drums and trumpets, but in its higher meaning he was truly great ; great
■■he was good. Good to every one. Good at all times. Good in word,
act and deed. Who can recall one harsh or unkind syllable uttered by Harry
Wright ? Who can accuse him of one mean or dishonest transaction t When
did he ever forget 1 1 Rule? flow many are the witnesses to his
fairness, his impartiality, his effort to do right because it was right, his turn-
ing away wrath by the softening of hi lis silence when he i
not praise, bis proclivity for smoothing asperities and his preaching 1
ennial gospel of peace ? His positive views and opinions, the deliberate out-
growths of study and experience, were never pressed towards contention or
quarrel. And so this man of amiable manners and sympathetic heart, serene-
tempered, self-controlled and self-abnegated, so illumined the atmosphere of
his surroundings that every one felt the better for the breathing of it and
for the guidance of its kindly light.
Hence he was lovable. Hence he had true greatness.
Harry Wright had no enemy. His friends were legion, and included
those to whom his voice and form were strangers, but whose name and fame
He served in the ranks of il
ball, and with Us development himself developed into leadership. The im-
press of his personality is t raceable all through its growth to maturity, in its
playing rules, on the diamond, in co-operative team work i"f which he was
i . thing that refined and ennobled the gi
, therefore, been truly said thai so Identified was he with
the progress and popularity of the game that its history is his biography.
"<-, - is xecoros, garnered
by his life work anil love work, in becoming theif CUStodlan and in accepting
the trust thus conferred on us by his I it, hereby seal this I
mentofourlc emplar of all that is
gentle and g<>o<i ,,, ni;iIlt aiK i M|lr ,. .,„,[ nonc8t in the realms of sports. Ktcr-
hls memory. Rbquixscat in i'
ANNUAL MKK.TINf. OF NATIONAL LEAGUE.
On motion it was agreed thai each club in this League be
requested to play one game, on a uniform dale, prior to the
commencement of the championship season, to be known as
Harry Wright's Day, the gross receipts of such games to lie
devoted to thl n tion of a monument to the memory of Harry
On motion a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Brush,
Hart and Rogers, were appointed to make all necessary ar-
rangements and have full charge of the details of such games.
The League proceeded to the election of officers, with the
following result, viz.:
National Board— N. E. Young. C. H. Byrne, A. H. Soden,
John T. Brush.
Directors— II. R. Von der Horst, J. Sarle Wagner, Arthur
II. Soden, James A. Hart, Dr. Tims. Hunt Stuoky and W. W.
The following amendment-, to the National Agreement were
adopted. (See National Agreement.)
The President appointed the following named gentlemen as
members of the Rules Committee, viz, : AJberl J, Reach, Chris.
Von der Ahe, Edward Ilanhm.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Ireil, That when this meeting adjourns it adjourn to
meet in New York city on Monday, February 24, 1896.
<lved. That the President "f this League is hereby re-
quested and directed in his capacit) a, a Schedule Committee
to so arrange the schedule for the coming season, so far as the
acticable, that clubs desiring to play ball on Sunday
shall be scheduled to commence their series on tin- lirst day of
the week, so as not to conflict with the interests of clubs not
scheduled for Sunday gam
On motion adjourned.
N. E. YOUN',
President and Secretary,
ANNUAL MEETING OF NATIONAL LEAGUE.
Reconvened Annual Meeting;
OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE ANIi AMERICAN ASSOCIATIATION Ot
PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS, HELD AT THE FIFTH
AVENUE HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY,
FEBRUARY 24, I
Meeting called to order at 3.50 p, m.
A. II. Sod en and \V. II. Conant, representing the Boston
Base Hall Association.
Waltei M. Ilezel, representing the St. Lonis Base ball
Andrew Freedman and J. W, Spalding, representing the
National Exhibition Company.
1). R. Ken. representing the Pittsburg Athletic Company.
Edward Hanlon, representing the Baltimore Hase liall and
Dr. Thomas Hunt Stucky, representing the Louisville Base
A. J. Reach and John I. Rogers, representing the Phila-
delphia liall Club.
James A. Hart, representing the Chicago League Ball I
F. A. Abell and Charles II. Byrne, representing the Brooklyn
Base Ball Club.
a T. Brush, representing the Cincinnati Base Ball Club.
J. Earle Wagner, representing the National Washington Base
F. lie II. Robison, representing the Cleveland Ball Club.
tin motion the reading of the minutes of the previ
ing was dispensed with.
An amended National Agreement which met the unanimous
approval of the National Board was submitted by the said
I. After a full and free consideration and discussion and
the adoption of amendments, it was unanimously adopted as
(..Hows. (See National Agreement.)
ANNUAL MEETING oK NATIONAL USAGI I.
Tlic following amendment to Sec. 9 of Art. 8 of the League
Constitution adding the words to said section "Or any violation
■>f the provisions of the National Agreement" was adopted.
On motion adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock A. M. on the fol-
I I'KSHAV, FEBRUARY 2?. I B96,
Meeting called to order at II. SO A. M.
The Committee on flaying Rules submitted their report,
which, as amended, was adopted, as follows. (See Playing
The Secretary was instructed to add the following words to
-', Rule 14: "At no time shall the ball be intentionally
discolored by rubbing it with the soil or otherwise."
The unanimous consent was given Mr. Rojbison to loan the
Temple Cup to the Sportsmen's Association of New York for
The National Base Hall Club oi Washington, D. C, pre-
sented the following communh u
■ ■ 1 .adelphia, Pa., Feb. 25, 1896.
"Wheveas, the National Base Ball Club of Washington,
0. <'., has renewed its charter from a limited term to a per-
il one and is desirous of having a ratification of a transfer
of its franchise in this body, in the said rechartered organiza-
'• Resolved, That the National Base Ball Club of Washington,
D. C. as newly chartered be and is hereby made a full in.
of the League with all the rights and privileges formerly held
by the said National base Hall Club."
The above preamble and resolution of the Washington Club
was unanimously approved.
Mr. Byrne pr< comsauniaMiiop from the business
manager of the Sporting News in relation to advertising.
After discussion, it was decided that the League has no
jurisdiction over the advertising of individual clubs.
The I'., idenl uas authorized in his discretion to loan the
base ball and cricket effects of the late Harry Wright to the
ANNUAL MEET1M 01 tONAL LKAGI I .
University of Chicago and the Germantown Cricket Club, as
per requests of Prof. A. A. Stagg and D. S. Newhall.
The Telegraph Committee submitted their report, which, on
motion, was received and laid upon the table, the Ban
The following preamble and resolution was offered by Mr.
Whereas, The object of this organization as expressed in
Paragraph 3, Section 2 of its Constitution is "to establish and
regulate the Base Ball Championship of the United States,"
and as all contests for other objects are perfunctory and with-
out the authority of the Constitution, it is
■Resolved, That this organization will in no way, shape or
manner authorize, approve or lend its moral support to any game
or games between the clubs of its membership, except those
provided for in the regularly adopted schedule.
1 motion, the consideration of the above was postponed.
The communication of the Sporting Life Publishing Company
was referred to Messrs. Byrne and Rogers with full power to
The Schedule Committee submitted his report, which was
I 'ii motion, the next annual meeting will be held in Chi.
lhe report of the Harry Wright Committee was accq
and the Committee continued.
' motion, the election of the fifth member of the National
rred until the annual meeting.
• motion, tl„.. Secretary was autl obtain designs
for the annual souvenir passes for t
The President was authorized and instructed to notify all
managers of League Clubs that no passes given by visiting
rs or managers would be recognized
No further business appearing, on motion adjourned.
v E. '.
nUnt ,1/1,/ Secrtt
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Officers and Players.
The following is an official lisl of the officers of the National
League and American Association of Professional Base Ball
Clubi ers and players of clubs, memb 'f, for
the season of 1S0/1, so far as completed to March, 1S96.
\. E. VOUNG, President and Secretary.
Box 536, Washington, D. C.
II. K. Von der Horst, James \. Hart, W, W. Kerr,
A. 11. Soden, j. E. Wagner, T. Hunt Stucky.
CHIC \(," BASE BALL CLUB, CHICAGO, ILL.
James A. Hart, President, John A. Brown, Secretary.
Suite 54, Hartford Building.
Adrian C. Anson, Captain and Manager.
W. F. Dahlen,
M. J. Kittrid k 'c,
W. E. I'arrott.
D. II. Rice,
II. G. Truby,
W. M. Thornton,
II. T. Briggs,
I no. Uolan,
W. I.. Everett,
A. C. McBride.
BOSTON BASE BALL ASSOCIATION, BOSTON, mass
a. 11. Soden, President, J- B. Billings, Treasurer
No. Il6 Water St BOX 175'-
C \. Nichols, Thomas I. Tucker. I'. II. Dolan,
Bannon, |. E. StiVetts, Penney,
•'l.arles W. (ian/ell, R. I.. Lowe, W. J. Vcrrick,
Long, fames Sullivan, Martin Bergen.
.1- l:. Ryan, Hugh Duffy,
tOKLYN B V.SE BALL CLUB
,: - II. : President.
BROOKLYN, N. V.
A. A 1:1.1.1.. Tres
B. W. Abl
I I-. Mel
H. I'. Payne,
f 0I1 11 Anderson,
I. P. Daly,
David I.. Foutz,
Frank A. Burrell,
BALTIMORE BASE BALL (III..
Edward 11 .m on, Pri iid< lit, II. '<
Room 1, American Building.
[ohn II. Grim,
( . F. Dailey,
rge ( v ). Shock.
Von der l' 1
OFFICERS .IMi II. A i
1 1 . [em
J. B. Donnelly,
I- . Bowerm
|. [. Doyle,
\\ . Gleason, ]r.,
0. II. Stocksdale.
CLEVELAND BASE BALL COMPANY, CLEVELAND
I. Iii'. II. Robison, J. Howard Ro
C. I., (hil.ls.
E. I. Chamberlain,
E. J. McKean,
I». I'. Young,
R. J. Wallace,
E. T. O'Meara,
— . Shearan,
J, II. Swain,
II. C. lilake,
J. < ('Connor,
i leo. Cuppy,
k. C. Gi
CINCINNATI BASE BALL < LI B, ( tNCINNATI, OHIO
John T. Brush, Pre- d N. A. Lloyd, Treasurer,
rl an<l I'luin St 1 -.
I-'rank Dwver, . I, win, |. W. HoUiday,
W. I'. Rhii i|. Peitz, W. A. !>avis, '
Geo. J. Smith, C. B. Miller, P. Mint,
Wm - Schri |, .\. Mil W. I . Hoy.
Win. Ewing, ). . j. Foreman,
NEW York BASE BALL CLUB, NEW York.
Redman, President. II. A. Bonnei
39 and .41 Cortlandl St.
3, 1 lavis,
W. li. I ,
E. Kami. ,n,
I.. S. German,
W. II. (lark,
1'ark A. \\
M. J. Tiernan,
E. R. Dohney,
C. 11. Ca
F. B. Butler,
S. M. :
II. II. I>
( lornelius Flynn,
C. B. Mulligan,
■ ■ 11 r ,
I ». W. Zearfoss,
I . II. ( lonnaughton
PHILADELPHIA BASE BALL < II I;. PHILADELPHIA
A. I. Reach, , „,, , .
J • > n n 1. Ri,i : urer
1. 6th si.
'j; *•■ ii| mi,].
W. W. Mailman. Arilmr Madi
"• Mouth* William McGill.
OFFICERS VNI> l-l AYERS.
]•:. [. ] >eli
I. B. Taylor,
M. < Irmly,
W. M. Nash,
Albert < >nli,
Ceo. F. Whiti .
I 01 1S\ II. I. K BASE BALL
Dr., Thom ^ I li'M sn i ,
Th os, Moi
\V. I.. Hassamaer,
A. I). McFarland,
PITTSBURG BASE BALL ' I I D
W. W. Kerr, President.
W. C. Hill,
Geo. F. M
T. I.. Mi I
Fred. < llausen,
W. I tolmes,
( )us Weyhing,
iy and Treasurer
II. C. Semple,
F. C. Clark,
E. F. I luuhin
. I letter),
C. J. Hei
A ■ I • < 'llngman, [ai i >b btenzel,
I. P. Bed l E. Smith,
F, W. Ely,
Killen, W. II. Merrill,
P. |. Donovan,
I .. Bierbauer, hard Padd
i !> BASE BALL I LUB, ST. LOUIS, Ml .
Chris Von der Ahe, President, 2809 Grand
Henry II. In.
|. I). Foreman,
C. M. Ha
Don-las. I . |. Miami,
Hart, T. W. Parrott,
W. Kissengen, John B. W
Sam, Monte Cross,
|. \. \l M. E. Murphy,
M. A. Ki
NATIONAL ^ VSHINGTON BASE BALL I LI B.
: W. WAC G. II. SCHMELZ,
J, 1 .ik, Tret
I. II. McDo
VV. L, Donahue,
I. II. I
J. 1 rooks,
A. C. Bosw ell,
J, N. Gilroy,
W. I.. Lush,
I. M (James,
LEAGUE OFFICIAL AVERAGES FOR 1895.
The following tables are those compiled by Secretary N. E.
Young "f the National League, and they present the best
analysis of the season's play in the championship series. It
will be seen that the batting record given below places Burkett,
■ if Cleveland, in the lead, with a percentage of .423, which is a
few points below that attained by Duffy in 1S94. Delehanty.
Keeler, Thompson anil Hamilton follow in the order named
with batting records from .393 10.399. Hofford, of Baltimore,
leads the pitchers, with a percentage of games won of .810.
OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN PART IN FIFTEEN OR MORE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES — SEASON OF 1895.
Delehanty . .
Hamilton . . .
Clements. . . .
Jennings. . . .
Gumbcrt. . . .
McCreery . . .
Cleveland.. . .
Baltimore. .. .
Baltimore. .. .
ille. . . .
land. . . .
510 I is
133 539[ 01
1 11 in
: in 15
1 18 us
3 1 5
v. vr 1 1 nc; R words — Continued.
c. Ti b
Hai rington. . .
Mew Y rk
ore .' . . .
( in- linnati
ilphia. . .
Brooklyn and Philadelphia,
Washington and Louisville
I in 158
:ii 1 1
HATTING RECORDS — Continued.
Hemming. . .
Hogriever . .
Corcoran. . . .
T red way
Baltimore and Louisville. .
\''u- York ami ( incinnati . .
Washington and Louisville,
Cincinnati and Louisville.
9fi 1 18
Bfi 1 1 (
BATTING KBCOKDS— Continued.
iri — ■ . ■
W. H. Clarke.
Is. ... . ■ ■
Mi Dermoti - ■ ■
i incinnati and Piti iui
New York and Broo
Baltimore and St. Louis. .
St. Louis ^v W
lie, PI il. 44 PI ...
:ul & Louisville. . .
Balti re & St. Louis
St. I ,OUl*
B 1 '
MMtimore & St. Louis
. 1.-, I
41 ' 1
OFFICl \l. AVERAGES.
Fielding Record, 1895.
O. Tebeau ....
\ Connor ....
f Cartwright. .
1 LaChance ..
G. Tebeau. . . .
St. Louis ■■
Washington and St. Louil
Cincinnati and Louisville
New York .
r< ■!:'' l
:is. . . .
: vii . . . .
I IIIKH BA 1EMEN.
and Louisville . .
: j 12
108 130 as
1'is | |~
THIRD BASEMEN — Continued.
1 Genins .
Farrcll. . . .
Everett . . .
I Corcoran .
Sheibeck . . .
I Hogrtever .
Baltimore and St. Louis.
: tnd : .
117 1 152
( Cincinnati ■ • ■
Washingt'n and Louisville
ouTFiKi.DKks — Continued*
\ Gettinger ...
Van 1 1
rthy. . .
/ 1 readway. . . ,
New Vork and Br< >
New Y«rk and Cincinnati
New York. . .'
1 1 20
815 1 1
.•i 1 1
HERS' ki " i
Zimmer. . . .
I vn. . .
Cleveland. . .
Baltimore. . .
6 9 166
7 II 871
18 '.i 148
CATCHERS' record — Continued.
I Merritt •
i Bunslow. .
Donohuc. . .
Schriver. . ■ .
Cincinnati & Louisville...
nnati & Pittsburg. . .
PITCHERS' RECORD IN' ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
St. Louis* Iialtim'rc
PITCHF.R S' RECOR D — Contill lift/.
Foreman. . . .
Foreman . . .
Gumbert. . . .
Hemming. . .
Kennedy. . . .
Kisseng -r. . .
McMahon. . .
Sullivan. . . .
Weyhing. . . .
Bslt'more& Si 1 .outs
Brooklyn & Phila...
Wash. & Boston
Cleveland & Boston.
81 86 .771
82 U' -I
159 I!''.' .811
84 1 2.
A TESTIMONIAL TO PRESIDENT N. E. YOUNG
At the annual Spring Meeting of the National League, held in New York
Feb. 2ti, lSllfi, President Young was the recipient of a handsome silver Gor-
ham service of 220 | ting $4,700, as a triluue for " Uncle Nick's "
twenty-fifth anniversary of his connection with tiie national game. Presi-
dent Byrne of the Brooklyn club introduced President Soden of the i
club, who made the presentation speech. President Snden said :
" Time, in ils onward march, brings to every permanent Organization some
Important occasion, recalling some notable event that deserves especial in-
tention. Such an eventful period has come to our association, and we are
,;,led at this time to congratulate Mr. Young and celebrate with him
the fact that for twenty-five consecutive years he has served professional
base ball as ils valued secretary, its truthful historian and the trustworthy
keeper of its records.
" I remember, as it were yesterday, my first meeting with Secretary
Young, and the warm grasp of his hand and his cordial words of welcome
impressed me most favorably, and I am happy to state that nearly twenty
years of continued association with him has confirmed the correctness of my
first impressions and increased my estimate of his ability and worth. And,
I presume, because of this long acquaintance with Mr. Young, I have been
asked to make a brief address commemorative of the silver anniversary of
Secretary Young's official connection with professional base ball.
" What f am about to say 1 feel certain will voice the sentiments of ll.is
organization, of which .Mr. V i i* now both Secretary and President, and
will just as truly represent the feelings of hundreds of ball players and
nd thousands of the general public, who are patrons of the
national game, which Mr. Young has done so much to elevate and protect.
" It is not my purpose to attempt any eulogy of Mr. Young or to endi
to extol his many virtues. He has made his own record and no words of
mine can add new lustre to the brilliancy of that record. Permit me, how-
ever, f. state that in Mr. Young we have an accomplished gentleman,
and affable, a faithful and conscientious official, a wise counselor, an
able diplomat, an honest man and one of God's noblemen. To know Mr.
Young is to hold him in high repute, and wherever he is known he stands
forth a conspicuous example of honesty and integrity.
"And now to our worthy Secretary, whom we delight to honor on this
anniversary day, I have a few words of special import It gives me
pleasurc, Mr. Young, in behalf of the Natio ad American Asso-
tion of riase Ball Clubs, to ask you to accept this solid silver service and
with it a burglar proof safe in which it may be securely kept, as an evidence
of our high appreciation of your efficient efforts during the past twenty-five
years to promote the best interests of base ball, and we ask you to accept
these gifts also as a personal tribute of our great esteem and profound
respect fer you as a gentl*
'■ We unite in the sincere wish that for many years you may look back
upon this occasion with pleasurable emotions, and that each time you make
use of this service it may reaffirm to you our lasting confidence and endur-
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The Spalding Official League P.all....$ | .50
The Spalding Official Boys' League
Ball, fur Junior Clubs | .00
" Double Seam*' Jail, double stitched
and warranted to last a full game.. | .50
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ranted to last a full game 1 .00
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and weight, war"a»tcd a 1
" Hoys' Professional,' same as No. 2,
in boys* size 50
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size and well mode .50
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horschide cover 25
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regulation size, hoi ' 25
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i h, being impervious to perspiration, always re-
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Spalding's Amateur Masks.
No. A* Spalding's Amateur Mask, made in same size
and general style as our League masks, but of lighter
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No. 4. Spalding's Black End Willow Bat, highly polished and
very light .50
Spalding's Trade-Mark Boys' Bats.
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length, 30 and 32 inches $0.25
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No. 54. Spaldin & Boys' Maple Bat, black stripes, 36
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Spalding's Boys' Catchers' Hits.
No. OXB. . Spalding's •'Decker Patent" Boys*
tee. edge strip and finger-piece made
of velvet tanned deerskin, the back of fine hogskin.
very soft and peis; f. Thcheavy piece
vt sole leather on back affords extra protection
to handand fingers. It has the patent Lace Back
and is extra well padded. Made in Rights and
Lefts Each, $2.0O
No. 2, Spalding 1 * Boys' Mit, face and finder-piece
of nut made of dark tanned 1< ither« theoack and
t strip of light tanned asbestos buck. It has
our patent Lace Back, well padded and finished
and reinforcci at thumb. Made in Rights and
Lefts and little larger in size than our i
Boys' Mils Each, $ | .50
No. 4. Spalding's Boys' Mit, front and finger-piece
of this mltare made of light brown tanned suede
leather, the I ; strip ecru tanned. It is
extremely veil padded and nicely finished through-
out, and has our patent Lace Back. Made in
Rights and Lefts Each, 50C.
No. 5, Spalding's Boys* Mit, front and hack made
of ecru tanned leather, the edge strip of lighter
tanned leather. Well made throughout, heavily
padded and superior to any Boys' JVlit ever offered
No. 5. at the price Each, 25C.
Spalding's Basemen's Mite
Basemen's Mit, made
of fine selected and
well made through-
' and padded to
meet the special requirements of a Baseman's Mit.
If nicely to the conformation of the
hand without undue straining, and the addition of
our patent Lace Hack and "Highest Quality"
Trade Mark is a sufficient guarantee of its quality
and merits. Made in Rights and Lefts,
u>. J Eac . h - 54.00
Mit, made of the very
' I ; 'd Softest light
tanned buckskin; the
thumb and at wrist is
mumoandat wrist is
extra well padded
with the h ighest
quality felt, nuKIngll a very iafe ami easy fitting
mbined with strength and durability. The
mit throughout is of the best workmanship, as in-
dicated by our "H ility" Trade Mark.
No. 4X. Made in Rights and Lefts Each, S3.CO
COMPLETE CATALOGUE FREE.
A. ©• SPALDING & BROS.,
New York. Chicago. Philadelphia.
Basemen's and Infielders' flits.
No. 4X. Spalding's Basemen and Infielders' Mit is
constructed throughout of velvet tanned deerskin
and edges morocco bound. It is well padded with
fine felt and carefully sewed and finished. Made in
Rights and Lefts Each, $2.00
No. 5X. Spalding's Basemen and Infielders' Mit,
made of good Quality suede leather, nicely padded
and constructed throughout in a most substantial
manner, making an exceedingly good mit at
lar price. Made in Rights and Lefts. Each, $ | .OO
Basemen's and Infielders' Mit,
No. 6X. Spalding's Boys' Basemen's Mit is made
bout of a good quality leather. It is well
padded and makes a good and substantial mit for
boys. Made in Rights and Lefts Each, 50c.
Infielders' (Hove is made
| throughout of selected
' velvet tanned buckskin,
i lined and correctly pad-
ded with unesi felt. It
fits the hand perfectly and our Trade Mark " High-
est Quality " is a guarantee that the glove is perfect
in all its details. Made in Rights and Lefts.
No. X. Spalding's Infielders' Glove, made of suede
leather, lined and padded with felt and carefully
put together. Made in Rights add Lefts.
No. |5, Spalding's Men's Infielders' Glove, all
leather ; a substantial glove at a popular pi
Boys' Infielders' Glove.
No. 13. Spalding's Boys' Infielders' Glove, quality
and style as our No. X, in boys' sizes.
Each, $ I .OO
COMPLETE CATALOCUE FREE.
A. Q. Spalding & Bros.,
New York. Chicago. Philadelphia.
Wearing Apparel for AH Sports.
Bicycle Suits, Sweaters, Tennis Suits, Jerseys, Athletic Shoes, Knee
Pants, College and Full Tights, Outing Caps,
Ladies' and Gentlemen's Belts.
In Cotton, Worsted, Silk and Leather.
Barnard's Celebrated A-l Shooting Coat, 8hooting Trousers, Shooting
Hats and Caps, Gun Cases, Cartridge Belts, Revolver Holsters,
and an Important Line cf Leggings.
GEO. BARNARD & CO.,
Sixth Ave. and Pacific St.. 199=20! Madison Street,
A. G. SPALDING & BROS.,
New York. Chicago. Philadelphia
Base Ball Uniforms.
Padded Pants, Cap, Belt and
| , " University " Uniform | | .25
2. " Interscholastic " Uniform 9.00
No. 3. " Club Special " Uuiform 6.25
No. 4. "Amateur Special" Uniform 4 50
Our line of flannels for Base Ball Uniforms consists of the best qualities
in their respective grades and the most desirable colors for Rase Ball
Uniforms. Each grade is kept up to the highest point of excellence and
quality improved wherever possible every season. Owincj to the heavy
weight flannels used in our Nos. and 1 Uniforms, we have found it de-
sirable, after many years of experience, to use a little lighter weight material
for the shirts; this makes them more comfortable, much cooler, and wear
just :is well ai the heavier weight. Tf, however, you prefer the heavier
goods for the shirts, they will be supplied at same price, but only when
Spalding's Base Ball Shirts.
In Lace or Button Front. Each.
H"$f Shirt, any style $5.50
The " University " Shirt, any style 4.50
" Interscholastic" Shirt, any style 3.75
" Club Special " Shirt, any style 2.50
"Amateur Special " Shirt, any style | .85
Price includes Lettering on Shirts.
Spalding's Base Ball Pants.
In Tape "r Elastic Bottom. All Padded
Ko.O. <§JP%!&% Pants S6.00
No. I, "L'n i'.mts 4.50
No. 2. " Interscholastic " Pants 3.50
No. 3. " Club Special " Pants 2.50
JJo. 4. "Amateur Special" Pants 1.75
COMPLETE CATALOOUE FREE.
A. G. SPALDING & BROS.
Our" Highest Quality " Base Ball Shoe is hand-made through-
out, and of specially sele her. Extreme care
will he taken in their gel " '■"", and no pains or ex-
Ki use will be spared in making this shoe not only of the very
it in quality but a perfect i. The plates
exclusively, for this slice are of the finest hand-forged
rod hrmly riveted to heel and sole.
No. 20. IVr pair, $7.50
UNIVERSITY. . .
Made of the finest kangaroo calf, hand-sewed and extreme-
ly well made throughout. Hand forged steel plates securely
riveted to heel and sole.
No. 31. Per pair, $7.50
Made of carefully selected satin calfskin, machine sewed, v-ry
tantially constructed and a first-class shoe in every par-
ticular. Steel plates riveted to heel and b i
No. 33. Per pair, $5.00
AMATEUR SPECIAL. . .
Madeofgoi ilfsktn, machine sewed. A serviceable
and durable shoe, and one we can specially recommend.
Plates riveted to heel and Bole.
No. 35. Per pair, $3.00
COMPLETE CATALOCUE FREE.
A G. SPALDING & BROS.,
Base Ball Caps.
Chicago, College, Boston and Uniyersity ityle*.
No. O quality, best flannel $| .00
No. | quality, lighter flannel ,75
No. 2 quality, good flannel (J5
No. 3 quality, ordinary flannel 50
No. 4 quality, light flannel ,40
Chicago Style, made in 0, 1st, 2d and 3d
. Style, made in all qualities,
a Style, made 111 0, 1st, ad and 3d
University Style, made in and 1st qualities
Boston Style. only.
Base Ball Belts.
Worsted Web Belts.
In all colors.
No. 3/0. Special League Belt, Worsted
Web, a^ inches wide, leather lined, largo
nickel-plated buckle Each, 75c.
No. 2/0- Leapie Belt, WomedWeb, 8$«
inches wide, large nickel-plated buckle,
No. 2. Worsted Web Belt, VA inches wide,
double strap, leather covered buckles,
No. 47. Worsted Web Belt, 2J4 inches
wide, single strap, leather covered buckle.
Cotton Web Belts.
Colors : Red, Navy, White, Maroon and
No. 23. Cotton Web Belt, 2% inches
wide, double strap, nickel buckles.
No. 4, Cotton Web Belt, 2>f inches,
leather mounted, single strap and buckle,
Complete Catalogue Free.
A. G. SPALDING & BROS.,
NEW YORK. CHICAGO. PHILADELPHIA.
Spalding's Inflated Body Protector.
We are now the sole manufacturers of the Gray Patent
Protectors, the only practical device for the protection
of catchers and umpires. They are made of the best
rubber, inflated with air, light and pliable, and do not in-
terfere with the movements of the wearer under any con-
ditions. When not in use the air may be let out and the
Protector rolled in a very small space. We have added
this season a Hoys' Protector to the line, which is equal
in quality to the other styles, only smaller in si/c.
No. O. league Catchers' Protector $ | O.OO
No. I, Amateur " " 6.00
No. 2. Boys' " " 5,00
No. o. Spalding's
Special League Shoe Plates.
Our Special League Plates are made of the finest tem-
pered steel and t the strength increased almost fourfold
without increasing weight by our patent reinforced brace,
which is formed as shown ^ln cut by splitting the metal
at each corner and depressing the centre, thus forming a
brace at each side.
No. O. Spalding's Special Hand Forged Steel Pair
M\k Toe Plates $0.50
iX ^3 No. 2-0. Spalding'sSpccialllaudForgedSteel
^r-pvjP' HeelFlates rq
Per dozen pairs, $5.00
Professional Shoe Plates.
No. |, Spalding's Professional Toe riates, best
quality stoel on
N >. I H. Spalding's Professional Heel Plates,
best quality steel . OK
Per dozen pairs, $2.50
Amateur Shoe Plates. i
oA N'o. 2. Spalding's Amateur Shoe Plates, fine
"2~ «e« in
Per dozen pairs, $ | .OO
Pitchers' Toe Plates.
Worn on toe of shoe and made for left or right
A valuable assistant in pitching.
No. A. Aluminum Toe Plate Fach.goc.
No. B. ' I Plate " 25c.
COMPLETE CATALOQUE FREE. -
A. G. SPALDING & BROS.,
NEW YORK. CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA.
SPALDJNG'S BASES— Three Bases to a Set.
Ho. O. League Club Bases, extra quality can- Set.
■raps and spil .. -$7,50
| . Canvas Ba , not
No. 0. quilted, straps and spikes, complete 5.00
2. ( anvas Bases, ordinary quality, with
Home Plates arc not Included in abovi
Spalding's Home Plates
I , R i ibet 1 1 ■ = ' ' ' '■ te $7.50
'v.. 2. M ility 2.00
Spalding's Pitcher's Box Plates.
in accordance with National League re
tions and of extra quality white rubber. Complete with
No. 3. Spalding's Pitcher's IioxPlates $5.00
Spalding's Club Bags.
No. 2. Each.
No. O. League Club Bag, sole leather, for 18 bat« $15. OO
No. |. Cam 5.00
No. 2. Canvas Club Bag, leather ends, for IS bats 4.00
N '. Ol. ,IS S4.00
No. 02. 1 .50
No. 03. aG " f .OO
Athletes' Uniform Bag.
.^■ti I ' ' "thcr Uniforms,
II. and will ii I soil game.
1 . Each, $2.50
2. " 5.00
Complete Catalogue Free.
A. G. Spalding & Bros., fig